Mt. Juliet ditches red light cameras in 2013 - WKRN News 2

Mt. Juliet ditches red light cameras in 2013

Posted: Updated: Dec 31, 2012 07:40 PM
MT. JULIET, Tenn. -

There are only a few days left for red light cameras in Mt. Juliet.

The cameras will stop operating on January 7.

The city commission voted not to renew its contract with American Traffic Solutions more than a year ago.

Mr. Juliet's mayor said a number of people received tickets after making a right on red turn.

"When you see they are making a very safe maneuver yet they are being fined for it, that doesn't seem right," Mayor Ed Haggerty said. "Obviously, people were not pleased to get a ticket at any time but they certainly weren't when they made a safe maneuver."

The cameras are located at five intersections in Mt. Juliet, mostly along Lebanon Road.

The cameras snapped two pictures of cars when they run a red light.

One picture captures the car entering the intersection with the light showing red. The second picture shows the car in the middle of the intersection.

The system also records 12 seconds of video showing the violation.

The owner of the vehicle is then mailed a $50 citation. Most of the money collected goes to the out of state company who installed the cameras.

Mayor Haggerty said the system generated about $70,000 a year for the city.

Drivers like Rachel Miller are glad to see the cameras go.  Miller has received a red-light camera ticket before.

"I ran a yellow light that is actually how it ends up being a violation," she said. "It was very frustrating because you have no idea until you get the ticket."

She continued, "I actually think it's going to be a positive thing because honestly, those cameras cause wrecks because you slam on your brakes on yellow."

Mayor Haggerty said the number of T-bone type wrecks at intersections did decrease while the cameras were in use.

When asked if Mt. Juliet may ever revisit installing red-light cameras Mayor Haggerty said, "no, never."

The cameras will remain operational until January 7 and any tickets issued before they are removed will still have to be paid.

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