Wichita Police have started using cameras in Old Town to help with traffic enforcement.
So far, officers have used cameras to keep an eye on three main intersections in two special assignments. On just two days, officers wrote more than a hundred tickets for violations near 1st & Washington, 2nd & Washington, and 3rd & Mead.
Officers wrote 50 tickets during the special camera assignment October 18, and officers wrote 55 tickets November 2. Police said they have not yet posted signs indicating areas are being monitored by cameras, but said they may do so in the future.
Police Sergeant Kelly O’Brien said the department’s goal is to boost public safety. He said 1st & Washington has several dangers.
“You have a bicycle lane that’s new to that area, you have construction going on in that area, and there’s a lot of pedestrian traffic in that area,” O’Brien said. “I can tell you, traffic collisions in that area have tripled in the last two years.”
O’Brien said the Wichita Police Department does not plan to use the cameras to enforce traffic laws after the fact. He said an officer has to see a violation happen in order for another officer do anything about it.