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Some Traffic Cams Going; Other Cities Like Them

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - At least two Tennessee cities are ending their use of red light traffic cameras, but officials in other towns said use of the cameras is modifying bad driving habits.

Mt. Juliet ended use of the cameras Tuesday. Vice Mayor James Maness said citations funneled too much money to an Arizona-based contractor and distracted police officers. In the Hamilton County city of Red Bank, the cameras are also being switched off this month.

But Gallatin police said traffic accidents have dropped more than 31 percent since the city installed four traffic cameras in 2006.

Clarksville Police Chief Al Ansley says he thinks the cameras change motorists' habits. There was sharp criticism when Clarksville put in traffic cameras in 2009.

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