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Red-light cameras improve safety at intersection, chief says

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Gwinnett commissioners approved another year of using red-light cameras to enforce traffic violations, a program that began in 2005.

But because of the success of the program, one set of cameras will move to another intersection.

Police Chief Charles Walters told commissioners Tuesday the cameras at Jimmy Carter Boulevard and Singleton Road have done their job, reducing T-bone crashes at the busy Norcross area intersection to only one in the past year.

That intersection, which has been a part of the program since its inception, is much safer thanks to the technology.

"The purpose behind these cameras is truly public safety," he said, adding that in addition to paying a contractor for the service, a police officer must review all tickets issued by the system. "This is not a revenue issue whatsoever."

Walters said the county transportation department picks the locations based on crash data. While two systems -- one along Steve Reynolds Boulevard and another near the Mall of Georgia on Buford Drive -- will remain in place, the improvements at Jimmy Carter mean cameras will be shifted to another location where crashes are frequent, at Club Drive and Pleasant Hill Road.

The $381,477 contract approved with American Traffic Solutions for 2013 includes funds for a fourth intersection, which is currently being considered in the county budgeting process. If the additional funding is approved, cameras will be added to the intersection of U.S. Highway 29 at Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road, Walter said.

While the county program is limited to locations in unincorporated portions of Gwinnett, some local cities have posted cameras as well.

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BuzzG 2 years, 3 months ago

The world's biggest lie. "I'm from the government and I'm here to help you."

Don't believe this lie. These cameras are big revenue enhancers. Lilburn used to get nearly a third of its revenue from two cameras. But the outcry was too great. They finally darkened them. Now the politicians in Lawrenceville need to keep up the big lie. But they are salivating at all the revenues these cameras bring in. This is their slush fund. We wouldn't want to rain on their parade, would we?

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Mack711 2 years, 3 months ago

Duluth, and other cities, had them at intersections in the city. Now they are gone. Most knew that they were there and did slow down so as not to have to pay a fine. Now that they are gone it is business as usual. This is a money maker for the company that services and installs these systems because they get a 'share of the proceeds' plus a monthly fee. They will take them out when drivers find out where they are and start losing money on these cameras to the owners of the cameras. In the mean time drivers beware.

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citized 2 years, 3 months ago

ok it's reduced T-bone crashes but what rear end crashes?

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rextim 2 years, 3 months ago

Would you rather be t-boned or rear ended. These cameras will not prevent all accidents, but they reduce accidents in the intersection (the most dangerous place to be struck) because people have an incentive to actually stop at the red light.

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jack 2 years, 3 months ago

When someone states "This is not a revenue issue whatsoever.", it IS a revenue issue. If it were a safety issue, then adding one or two seconds to the yellow light would be just as effective (and a whole lot cheaper).

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RackandTap 2 years, 3 months ago

A picture of is just that a picture, yes you may of ran a red-light by why; it takes what happen out of context. There need to be an officer pesent to put the puzzle together not a snap shot.

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Jeff 2 years, 3 months ago

I love it when people start ranting and raving about things that they are clueless about. For instance, BUZZ seems to think that Gwinnett County is able to generate a revenue with red light camera. So BUZZ, how much revenue have the camera's generated??? Just like MACK711 said, some cities have ditched the cameras because they couldn't break even. @JACK, the yellow light timing was actually increased to at red light camera locations to allow for fewer citations. All cameras intersections had to conform to O.C.G.A. 40-14-22.

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booger 2 years, 3 months ago

The county does have one camera that is only for revenue. The Mall of Georgia camera is only getting people coming out of Mall of GA Blvd, mostly just coming out of the mall. The cameras are not enforcing Buford Drive where vehicles are actually travelling a rate of speed that would injure someone. Any logic to this other than revenue?

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