Installation of traffic cameras along Highway 78 in north Mississippi is raising several eyebrows, especially the further you drive into DeSoto and Marshall counties.
On the stretch of roadway several cameras have gone up, and when those cameras start going up motorists come up with all kinds of theories - Whether those theories are true, or untrue.
"I don't know what they are. I just seen them putting them up."
Traffic cameras have been installed about every two miles along highway 78 on the edge of DeSoto County and on into Marshall County.
MORE: View MDOT traffic cameras via MDOTTraffic.com
"Speeding, and people, they speed real bad through here."
"They can't be speed cameras, because those are illegal in Mississippi."
According to the Mississippi Department of Transportation the new cameras are just there to monitor traffic.
"But in this area here, there really ain't that much traffic."
But that's all going to change, once HighWAY 78 becomes I-22, and the I-69 / I-269 corridor is complete. There will be eight camera locations along a 15-mile stretch from the Coldwater River to the West Holly Springs exit monitored with cameras, all of which are located at the on and off ramps.
"Because that's probably statistically the area that they are most likely to see an accident."
The cameras along Highway 78 will be operational by June and motorists can view road conditions on MDOT's website. MDOT already has cameras in Southaven, Jackson, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast for drivers to monitor road conditions via the Internet.
MDOT officials won't say how much they spent on the camera project.
"I think they spent thousands of dollars on that, because that is hi-tech to me."
Some say the cameras aren't needed this far out in the country, and that they may be there for other reasons.
"I don't know? Spying on people?"
"I can't say they are spying on us, but you wouldn't say nothing but they are spying on us when you got these going up."
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