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Norcross to get red-light cameras

NORCROSS - The city of Norcross has the green light to use cameras that catch people running red lights.

The Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday approved three Buford Highway intersections in Norcross for new red-light cameras. The idea is to put a stop to red-light running at Buford Highway and Beaver Ruin Road, Buford Highway and Langford Road, and Buford Highway and North Norcross Tucker Road.

Norcross Police Chief Dallas Stidd said the first camera could be installed by May at Beaver Ruin and Buford Highway. The system will cost the city about $8,000 a month, Stidd said.

Tickets for running traffic lights can reach up to $70.

Like other municipalities and county governments, Norcross chose Gwinnett-based company Lasercraft to provide the technology that catches drivers red-handed. Another camera is in the works for Peachtree Industrial Boulevard and Medlock Bridge Road, Stidd said.

Gwinnett County commissioners must give the OK for red-light cameras because the county Department of Transportation maintains the intersection. The state DOT also gives the go-ahead.

Norcross joins Snellville, Suwanee, Duluth, Lilburn and Gwinnett County, all of which use red-light cameras.