Duluth set to install four red-light cameras

DULUTH - Duluth is planning to install four new red-light cameras at three more locations.

The devices photograph the license plates of vehicles running red lights, and the drivers later are cited.

So far, the only location in Duluth for the cameras is the intersection of Peachtree Industrial Boulevard and Pleasant Hill Road. Four cameras were set up there more than a year ago.

The plans are to put two cameras at North Berkeley Lake Road at Pleasant Hill Road, North Berkeley Lake Road at Buford Highway and Buford Highway at Sugarloaf Parkway.

The council approved the action at its regular meeting Monday after a report by Police Chief Randy Belcher of recent accidents at two of the proposed sites.

The study showed that in the last six months, 69 accidents had occurred at North Berkeley Lake Road and Pleasant Hill Road that included 20 injuries and 135 crashes at North Berkeley Lake Road at Buford Highway that resulted in 33 injuries and one death.

No statistics were available for the Buford Highway/Sugarloaf intersection.

Also at the meeting, the council:

•Approved the limited serving of alcoholic beverages at performing arts facilities within the city's business district during performances and also okayed a process for issuing licenses. A public hearing on this matter drew no comments.

•Extended for five years a special-use permit for a "JumpZone" at 3215 Hill St. The inflatable play and party center was first approved Sept. 20, 2004, and since that time the city has received no complaints, the council said.

•Postponed a public hearing on a request from Harkins Construction for two modular trailers to be used as an automobile sales office on 4.82 acres of vacant land in the 3800 block of Buford Highway. The application also asked that requirements for paving the sales area be waived.