GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – The Greenville Police Department is using traffic light cameras to both aid in car crash investigations and save taxpayers time and money.
Officer Jodie Cobb said the department began using the traffic light cameras three to four years ago.
They were originally meant to be used to monitor traffic patterns.
“Most crashes that we have, there is a potential for a lot of witnesses but we don’t have a lot of witnesses come forward and talk to us,” Ofc. Cobb said.
He said the cameras can be so reliable that it reduces the amount of time an officer spends investigating an accident and appearing in court for litigation related to it.
“I couldn’t even begin to give you a number as to how many man hours it’s probably saved,” Ofc. Cobb said.
The cameras don’t give out traffic tickets, and officers still encourage anyone who’s witnessed an accident to come forward.