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What's The Deal With That Camera?

The Story Behind The Camera On Boston Post Road

In the past week, Waterford Patch has been getting the same e-mail over and over again: “What the heck is that new camera doing at the intersection?”

Some of the e-mailers have had conspiracy theories of police spying or homeland security, but those are not true. The camera was installed by the Connecticut Department of Transportation as a sensor, so the new traffic light at the intersection knows when to turn red or green, First Selectman Dan Steward said.

“It should make that intersection much smoother,” he said.

The intersection, specifically, is the one between Boston Post Road and the entrance to Waterfall Shopping Center, which holds Benny’s and . The traffic light at the intersection is being replaced by the state, after it was deemed to be outdated, Steward said.

Police Cameras?

That said, the Waterford Police Department does have cameras to view certain key spots in town, particularly along the evacuation route for Millstone Power Station. In May of 2011, Waterford’s Board of Finance from the Department of Homeland Security to install more of these cameras in town, and have them be linked to traffic cameras in other towns.

Steward said those cameras would not be easily visible to the public.  

ZIGGY April 09, 2012 at 09:38 AM
so if there is a robbery in the area........cops can check the cameras for the get-a-way car---------------GOOD IDEA!
Patricia April 09, 2012 at 11:43 AM
Sounds like an excuse for a slow erosion of our constitutional rights. Big Brother is watching....it is just so subtle you don't realize it is happening.
Susan Koplowitz April 09, 2012 at 12:57 PM
Isn't this the debate going on at the capitol about the traffic cams? some are calling them an invasion of privacy. If you were to look at the traffic lights, they are all over greater Hartford and in some cases not even working!!
R Lee Balderdash April 09, 2012 at 02:25 PM
That could explain why the last few times i was going down Boston Post Rd that light was red and there was nobody coming out of Bennys or Strosberg. Usually the light is green unless someone coming off the side streets triggers it. I'll agree with the "Big Brother" comments.
constance stripling April 09, 2012 at 03:04 PM
Cameras triggering lights so the traffic flow will move smoothly? O.K. Other camereas are along the Millstone evacuation route. The photos should be interesting in case of an emergency. If only those cameras could fly and evacuate, otherwise they will reflect gridlock. One accident in Wtfd., and other towns as well, results in bedlam. Good luck to all upon evacuation. Smile for the camera, you'll have plenty of time.

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