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City and state officials: It's illegal in Indiana to have speed cameras

Drivers are still asking the City of Lafayette to do something about the intersection of Twyckenham Boulevard and 9th Street.

Posted: Aug 26, 2019 5:28 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI)— Drivers raised concerns on the Twyckenham Boulevard and 9th street intersection after a fatal motorcycle crash on August 9th,2019 left one dead and another injured.

City and state officials are now responding to those concerns saying they've already tried passing a bill that would allow speed cameras at intersections. 

"Many states have done this successfully for years,” said Mayor of Lafayette Tony Roswarski.

The intersection of Twyckenham Boulevard and 9th Street is a hot topic. Drivers want the city to make some changes.

"When people run red lights in particular speed through intersections that is incredibly dangerous,” said Roswarski.

That's why drivers want change. But not with more patrols, with cameras. Mayor Tony Roswarski said he's on board.

"Having those devices we think would help make a difference in keeping people safe,” said Roswarski.

It's illegal in Indiana to have speed cameras. State legislators proposed a bill four years ago to make speed cameras legal at intersections. State Representative Sheila Klinker said the state said no to that bill.

"The Road and transportation committee did not look particularly kindly on that legislation,” said Klinker. “Neither did some of the folks serving in both the house and the senate at the time.”

Klinker said legislators described the bill as "Big Brother." Which means one's actions are being monitored by the government. She said resurfacing the bill isn't impossible.

"It's hinging on local control,” said Klinker. “If the mayors ask for that, the mayors in the state of Indiana, ask us to look at that again, I know we will.”

Mayor Roswarski said he would consider supporting the bill again.

"Technology, whether it's in our lives or in law enforcement we're all using more and more of it right?” “So I think traffic enforcement will continue to evolve that way,” said Roswarski.

People have also raised the question on whether or not the intersection should become a roundabout. 

Roswarski said roundabouts are good but not for areas with high traffic volumes.

"I think they do have their place in traffic enforcement or traffic calming devices in certain places,” said Roswarski. “But it's not the answer for every intersection."

Roswarski said If the bill is proposed again, he would be willing to have trial speed cameras in the City of Lafayette.

State Representative Sheila Klinker said that if something like that would pass she wouldn't want it to be a mandate. If a city did not want speed cameras they wouldn't be subjected to doing so. 

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