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Traffic cameras in Delaware will soon be installed to help the state avoid costly accidents.
Delaware is now testing cameras on some of its most congested streets, but the state has been reluctant to deploy them.
Eric Schmitt (D-Wilmington) announced Monday that the cameras will be installed across the state by mid-October.
They will be placed in intersections where drivers are required to turn or weave through traffic, and they will be used to help police determine whether they need to stop a driver.
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Monday, the cameras were installed at locations across Delaware, including the state capitol, and some of the state’s busiest intersections.
They’re a big improvement over past efforts.
The state’s traffic cameras were designed to capture and record the location of a vehicle at a particular intersection, so drivers can be warned of the presence of a driver in an intersection.
But the cameras weren’t calibrated to measure distance.
As a result, they’re unable to determine if a driver is in a lane that has been cleared by another vehicle.
The cameras will only be used in traffic violations.
So while it might be tempting to just look at the speed of the car, drivers should also look at their surroundings.
“These are people’s lives, they should know when they’re crossing, when they can cross, and how they’re supposed to do it,” said Schmitt, who represents the part of Wilmington where the cameras are being installed.
“I think the cameras provide us with a much more complete picture.”
David Kappel (R-Middletown) is sponsoring a bill that would require the state to deploy traffic cameras as part of a plan to improve road safety.
Kappell’s bill, SB 1763, would require a state law to be enacted before the installation of traffic cameras.
The bill has been referred to the state legislature.
It would also require the Department of Transportation to develop a plan for deploying the cameras and ensure that the state is complying with state law.
Delaware’s current system of deploying traffic cameras is a system that relies on volunteers to record the locations of cars, which is costly and time-consuming.
The new cameras will also be automated, allowing the state the ability to deploy the cameras faster and with fewer volunteers.
But many residents say they’re not sure if the cameras work, and Schmitt said they are not equipped to do so.
Delbert Stahl (R) represents parts of Wilmington, and the traffic cameras are a priority for him.
“We need the cameras installed and ready for deployment by October to help prevent collisions between vehicles,” Stahl said.
“The cameras are important, but they don’t do enough to protect people’s safety.”
Schmitt also said that his bill will not only increase the state budget but also create jobs.
“My goal is to increase employment in the state of Delaware and to help make our economy strong,” he said.