At long last, Marcie Paegelow‘s harrowing daily nightmare is over….
For what seemed a lifetime, Paegelow witnessed crash after grisly crash from her front row seat at A&A Royal Auto Trim on the southeast corner of 39th and Southwest Trafficway. Because prior to the installation of red light cameras two years back was one of the most dangerous intersections in Kansas City.
"Before the cameras there was a bad wreck at least once a day or every other day," Paegelow says. "And of course, all of our guys would go out and look. So we were paying our guys for 20 minutes just to go out and watch the commotion."
"Since the cameras went in, there’s probably only a wreck a month that we even notice," Paegelow says.
KC Public Works spokesdude Dennis Gagnon‘s tongue-in-cheek take on Paegelow’s pronouncement:
"Well, I guess we’ve taken away that free entertainment."
Has Paegelow ever gotten nailed by the cam?
"No, but our customers have," she says. "One guy ran a yellow – it was yellow the whole time – and he still got the ticket. And he said the picture was so good he was going to load up his whole family in the back of his pickup truck and get his Christmas picture taken there."