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Glendale Moves Forward With Red-Light Camera Study

Glendale is trying out an experiment to see whether a red-light camera installation will change driver behavior. The camera itself won’t be issuing any citations.

Red-light cameras typically take photos of drivers running red lights, then issue a ticket to the offender. The Glendale City Council approved a red-light camera that, rather than being used to issue citations, will be intended to serve merely as a deterrent.

The camera will be up for one month and was recommended by the police chief to be put at 59 Avenue and Bell Road. The city will compare that driving data to two months with no camera.

Councilwoman Lauren Tolmachoff said the study is not meant to lead to more active red-light cameras in Glendale, but rather to see whether accidents go down when there is one at an intersection.

“And I don’t believe that there’s any consensus to move forward with red-light cameras, it’s just another thing we’re doing to try to gather data to try to make our streets safer," she said.

The city said there have been 21 accidents at 59 Avenue and Bell Road this year.

Casey Kuhn reports from KJZZ’s West Valley Bureau. She comes to Phoenix from the Midwest, where she graduated from Indiana University with a degree in journalism.Kuhn got her start in radio reporting in college at the community public radio station, WFHB. She volunteered there as a reporter and worked her way up to host the half-hour, daily news show. After graduating, she became a multimedia reporter at Bloomington's NPR/PBS station WFIU/WTIU, where she reported for and produced a weekly statewide news television show.Since moving to the Southwest, she’s discovered a passion for reporting on rural issues, agriculture and the diverse people who make up her community.Kuhn was born and raised in Cincinnati, where her parents instilled in her a love of baseball, dogs and good German beer. You’ll most likely find her around the Valley with a glass of prosecco in one hand and a graphic novel in the other.She finds the most compelling stories come from KJZZ’s listeners.