Commissioner wants to get rid of red light cameras

Commissioner wants to get rid of red light cameras (Image 1)

MT. JULIET, Tenn. – A newly elected Mt. Juliet city commissioner is behind a resolution that would remove the city's red light traffic cameras.

Commissioner James Maness said since being elected six months ago he has heard several complaints from motorists concerning the recently installed traffic cameras.

He told Nashville's News 2 removing the cameras are among his top priorities.

“I've heard a lot of negative feedback from the public about them. When I was running for office, knocking on doors, I got a lot of people when I opened the door, that was one of the first things they mentioned was the traffic cameras,” he explained.

Maness said most of the complaints come from businesses along Lebanon Road.

“They feel unfairly singled out with the cameras. Six of them are in their area, as opposed to south side of the city. They feel like it impacts their business up there,” Maness said.

Besides the complaints concerning the cameras, the commissioner believes that too many drivers are being ticketed for a rolling right on red.

“If you come to a full and complete stop, it wouldn't be an issue, but you've got a lot of people out there with a perfect driving record and this is the only time they've been issued for anything,” Maness explained.

He continued, “I recently read a study out of Los Angeles that shows you have a better chance of being struck by lightening than causing an accident by rolling right on red. That's where the camera company, an eight billion dollar industry, is generating the majority of its revenue.”

The Mt. Juliet commissioner said he does not know the exact number of citations that have been issued since the cameras were installed.

If the proposed resolution passes, the current contract with American Traffic Solutions would not be renewed and the cameras would come down in January 2013.

Retired Mt. Juliet Mayor Linda Elam tried to pass a similar measure last fall. In the past, the police department has supported the cameras.

City commissioners are expected to vote on the resolution Monday at 6:30 p.m.

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