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1. Bluff City police chief says traffic cameras have been a success
Bluff City police chief says traffic cameras have been a success
http://www.timesnews.net/article.php?id=9020616
By Kacie Breeding

Published February 14th, 2010 | 27 Comments http://www.timesnews.net/article.php?id=9020616#Discuss...

BLUFF CITY Bluff Citys new speed cameras have already shown a drastic reduction in speeding violations where they are installed on Highway 11-E, according to Police Chief David Nelson.

On a single day in January 2009, there were 2,255 speeders clocked at 55 mph or more in the 45 mph zone between Poplar Ridge Road and Partners Restaurant. Last month, the cameras captured just 1,844 possible violations for the entire month, with 1,576 resulting in citations that must be paid, Nelson said.

The January 2009 tally was from a six-day traffic study that Nelson had previously identified as one of the main reasons he sought to have the cameras installed.

According to data Nelson provided, there were 10,336 vehicles clocked at 55 mph or more during the study, with 1,013 being the least amount documented in a single day. There was only one day that there wasnt anyone clocked at speeds of 75 mph or higher.

Each day, between 18 to 34 drivers were clocked at 65 mph or more.

People were violating the law before, now were starting to see a decrease, and thats the purpose of this. Thats what we want to do, Nelson said.

He described the cameras as his best answer to the question of how he can most effectively enforce the speed limit without having to keep an officer posted there all the time.

My problem was, I got reduced two officers here. Its very hard to keep an officer out there to be seen to keep traffic slowed, so how else are you going to do it?

Were not a speed trap, and these cameras are about safety of course, any citations issued, or if we go out here and make an arrest, theres revenue generated off of that, so, what do they want us to do? he said.

To the critics, Nelson said hed rather listen to complaints about the speed cameras any day than have to tell someone their loved one was killed in an accident caused by speeding in his jurisdiction.

There are two cameras, one each for the southbound and northbound lanes. Installed in late 2009, they belong to American Traffic Solutions Inc., a private corporation headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Motorists who receive a violation can view the images and video online at: www.violationinfo.com .

Registered owners of cars caught speeding by the cameras receive a $90 citation in the mail. The tickets involve a $50 fine plus a $40 administrative fee.
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