I am writing this letter in regards to the traffic cameras around the streets of Johnstown. My boyfriend and I were in a hit-and-run car accident recently. We were driving and went to turn from South William Street on to Main Street when we were struck by a driver who took off after the accident. Luckily, he did not hit the car on the other side of the road that was turning onto Main Street as well. We were not hurt, but the car did suffer a good amount of damage. Because it was dark out and raining hard, we did not get a license plate or description of the car.
When we were filling out the accident report and the responding officer was taking our statements, I asked if we could get a plate number or a description of the other vehicle from the traffic cameras on the streets and lights. The officer said the cameras have not worked in a long time.
I want to know how they can let them not work. What would have happened if we had been seriously hurt or the driver hit the other car head-on? Now we will not know who the driver was and they may hit another car and drive off. We can afford to have all the Christmas lights, decorations and a tree lighting, but not cameras to keep our citizens safe? I know these festivities mean a lot to the town and are important, but is that more important than safety? This bothered me, and I wondered if others knew about the fact that we think these cameras are working, but they are not.