Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Eye in The Sky

Once upon a time when two cars crashed at an intersection and both drivers claimed to have had a green light, the truth might never have been determined. Today’s officers have a tool that can capture the moment of impact and other helpful information, as well.

The City of Overland Park has traffic cameras at various intersections. These cameras can capture pre-crash movement, traffic signal colors, and traffic violations. In 2011 they captured just over 23% of the reported crashes in the city. They can also be used in emergency operations and criminal investigations.

While the predominate purpose of the traffic cameras is to monitor real time traffic flow for the traffic engineers, they have been extremely helpful to officers and detectives. This city currently has 114 traffic cameras with plans to install more in the near future.

For more information on the cameras or to view the cameras in real time, visit the city’s website at http://www.opkansas.org/apps/resident-resources/traffic-web-cameras/