• CU Staff

Knowing Your Stoplight Cameras

Updated: Apr 15

The Clarksvillian

Are you fed-up with every local government’s revenue stream du jour? Here's an idea to save yourself money and time, while also unburdening resources for CPD officers to handle more important issues. Manage your route and time on the road.

It's safe to say most residents are not fans of stop light cameras — and a growing number of states and cities are becoming restless of the varied traffic policing cameras too.

It may be surprising to learn the administrative use of cameras has never survived a referendum, according to the National Motorists Association, a consumer advocate group. There have even been several states removing cameras or limiting use within communities as streams of complaints detail concerns of the cameras true purpose: Increase “revenue” rather than prevent potential accidents.

Wherever you may fall on the debate isn’t going to change how cameras are currently operated in the Clarksville area.. However, we can be more aware of the locations for red light cameras. If everyone were to familiarize themselves with the location of these cameras, it would be conceivable the city would experience a reduction in traffic related revenue. If the purpose were safer driving it would be a win-win situation, right? I'd expect CPD leadership to look at the reduction favorably with the opportunity to better deploy their resources elsewhere. City leadership, in a general sense, across the country? They would predictably purchase and install a greater quantity of cameras while moving in the direction of speed trackingcameras next. Of course, that’s just my opinion.

The city of Clarksville has also setup online access to these cameras. Their locations are listed below.

  1. Wilma Rudolph Blvd at Exit 4: The base of the ramps on the north side of the interstate.

  2. Wilma Rudolph Blvd at Forest Hills Drive: Across the street, at a NW angle, from St. Bethlehem Elementary School

  3. Wilma Rudolph Blvd at Terminal Road: The four-way street light at the entrance and exit of the Target shopping center

  4. MLK Jr Pkwy at Exit 11: The base of the off ramps across from the Amoco Station and McDonald’s Restaurant

  5. MLK Jr Pkwy at Madison Street: The four-way intersection in front of the Walmart Superstore

  6. 101st Pkwy at Peachers Mill Road: The four-way intersection across from Heritage Park’s soccer fields

  7. New Providence Blvd at Peachers Mill Road: The four-way intersection at the top of Peachers Mill Rd. Left/Right takes you to either Fort Campbell or downtown Clarksville

  8. 2nd Street and Riverside Drive: The primary intersection surrounded by McDonald’s, Taco Bell, Shoney’s and Andy’s Pharmacy