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Red-light camera contract approved through 2008

LAWRENCEVILLE - Gwinnett County will continue its red-light camera program through 2008, according to a contract approved Tuesday by the Board of Commissioners.

The commission OK'd a $251,940 contract with LaserCraft, the Norcross-based company that has operated all the systems in the county since programs began in 2005.

Police Chief Charles Walters said the amount covers the three intersections where the county police currently use cameras with no additional funds for more locations.

According to a memo discussing the contract, the county spent the same amount on its previous contract and received revenues of $464,943 from January to September of this year.

Walters said he did not know how much revenue the cameras had brought in, but he said he was pleased that the amount of T-bone collisions has appeared to decrease at those locations - Jimmy Carter Boulevard at Singleton Road, Oakbrook Parkway at Indian Trail Road and Winder Highway at Ga. Highway 316.

The cities of Duluth, Lilburn, Snellville, Suwanee and Norcross also have red-light camera programs.

Also Tuesday, the board approved a contract which will allow people to pay their property tax bills with a credit card.

Jerry Kemp of the Tax Commissioner's Office said the option will be available for payment in person and online and officials hope to allow transactions over the telephone soon.