City of Baker placing speed cameras in residential areas
BAKER - Officials in Baker are placing speed cameras in residential areas where drivers have a habit of going a bit too fast.
"They come through here, doing 65-70, that's dangerous," Mayor Darnell Waits said. "That's the biggest deal, [the speed camera] slows the traffic down."
But drivers are now being warned before coming to a speed-enforced photo camera. It's a new state law.
Despite the warning, these cameras raise hundreds of thousands of dollars every year for the city of Baker.
"People are going to say, 'Well It's for the money,'. Waites added. "Well yes, the money does help."
Mayor Waites says the money goes to run the police department, covering salaries and equipment.
But some residents are still skeptical of their effectiveness.
"I don't think it slows the traffic down," said Calvin Dees, a longtime resident.
Dees lives in a neighborhood on Lavey Lane, where a speed camera was recently placed.
"People speed and they pass on that little two-lane there, like they were on a major highway or something."
Mayor Waites says there's actually no sign on that roadway since it's part of a state highway, and he would need DOTD permission to place on there.
In the meantime, the local speeders' loss is still the city of Baker's gain.