CBS12 investigates: 130 traffic cameras don't record
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (CBS12) —
A potential crucial clue turned out to be a letdown for a wife, who is desperate for answers.
Angela’s husband, Andre Bellemare, is fighting for his life at Delray Medical Center after he was found in the middle of the roadway.
The cause of his severe injuries remains a mystery.
A traffic camera at the intersection of Jog Road and Boynton Beach Boulevard was not recording.
CBS12 did some digging.
It turns out over 130 traffic cameras in the county do not have the ability to record.
Giri Jeedigunta, signal system manager with Palm Beach County Traffic Division, said recording would require lots of data storage and could create public records request issues.
The department runs on your tax dollars, $18 million dollars a year, to keep a close eye on traffic patterns in hopes of making your commute smooth and quick.
“Our job is to monitor arterials,” said Jeedigunta.
However, the cameras have no film.
It would take 97,000 hours of video a month to record all these cameras 24 hours a day.
CBS12 crunched the numbers, and it would cost between $10,000-15,000 to store all that video per month.
Although Jeedigunta said they rarely capture any crime activity as it happens, they agree keeping video would be helpful.
“From accidental reconstruction and legality point, yes it’s useful.”
One county commissioner told CBS12 recording video would add value, but also raises privacy concerns.
These cameras are also routed to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.
However, they tell CBS12 they also do not record.