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Alleged cameras really sensors

April 15, 2014

It turns out the alleged ‘cameras’ atop the new traffic lights at the intersection of Bellefontaine, Wood and Pearl streets are sensors that control the signals. (Staff photo/John Zwez)

And now the truth is known.

Those alleged cameras atop the new traffic signals at the intersection of Bellefontaine, Wood and Pearl streets are really sensors.

Amid the controversy over red light cameras in Ohio and other states, it was originally thought that the new devices that appeared over the weekend we’re designed to catch and automatically ticket speeders and/or stoplight violators.

The devices, which could easily be mistaken for cameras, are far more high-tech than that it turns out.
They monitor traffic flow.

“Once they’re active, Bellefontaine Street will have the green all the time,” Director of Public Safety and Service Bill Rains said. “When one of the sensors detects traffic on the other streets, the light will change.”

Prior to this new installation, the lights at the intersection changed on a rotational pattern.

The new lights will also feature upgrades for pedestrians.

The traditional button will be connected to a countdown screen to let pedestrians know how much time they have before the light changes against them. The system will also provide an audible “chirp” to assist the vision impaired.

Rains said the new system should be completed this week.

“We had a setback due to the (wind-related) power problems Monday,” Rains said.

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