Tuesday, September 4, 2012
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Gwinnett Daily Post
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.