The new Main Street traffic lights — at the Avery Place/Parker Harding and Myrtle Avenue/North Kings Highway intersections — have some Westporters spooked.
An alert “06880” reader sent photos of what he thought were surveillance cameras:
Were they installed to catch drivers zooming through the light?
Or — worse — some kind of nefarious, Big Brother spy cams?
This called for a call to Westport’s top cop.
Have no fear, Police Chief Foti Koskinas responded quickly. There are no cameras on any traffic lights in Westport.
These are traffic control devices. They replace the strips that previously lay under the pavement, sending signals to the lights to determine if cars were waiting in line. That’s why sometimes a light allows a left turn on red, while other times it turns green for everyone.
In the past, Foti said, every time a road was repaired or repaved, the strips were torn out and replaced.
Now — sitting high above ground — they’re much safer.
Until the next wind storm.