It’s a bit like the classic movie “Speed,” in which the slowest cars get the prize.
But the Texas traffic camera is now showing a much bigger prize: the largest fleet of cameras to ever be installed.
The Austin-based Austin Police Department and its partners in the state of Iowa, the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Iowa Department of Transportation unveiled their first cameras at the South Texas Transportation Expo on Monday.
The two largest, Austin Police and Iowa State Police, each with over 10,000 cameras, will be installed by 2021.
“The new cameras will increase our ability to capture traffic violations and the impact they have on traffic safety,” said Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo.
“The cameras will also help us provide an interactive experience to the public to educate them about traffic safety, improve their driving and safety and reduce accidents.”
While the cameras will be stationed throughout the city, the state’s traffic camera system will still use the traditional manual camera.
The cameras are part of a $20 million pilot project, called Rapid Camera 2, that will test the effectiveness of the system in the cities of Houston, Dallas and San Antonio.
Acevedo said the cameras, which cost $2 million each, will make it easier for the public and police to see and report serious accidents.
The city has installed cameras for more than a decade, including one that was installed in the Mission Bay area in 2010.
In Texas, the Austin Police Division has more than 2,400 cameras, according to the department’s website.
The Iowa Department is also installing cameras, but only for a pilot program that is expected to last only a few weeks.