Norcross comes aboard, gets first red-light camera

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Published on: 08/08/06

Norcross has joined other Gwinnett cities policing red-light runners with cameras as well as patrol officers.

The city will activate its first red-light camera today at the intersection of Buford Highway and Beaver Ruin Road.

A 30-day grace period, during which violators will receive photos of the violation and a warning in the mail, ends on Sept. 8, when the tickets will be for real.

The fine will be $70.

Norcross Police Chief Dallas Stidd said the intersection, one of the city's busiest, ranks at or near the top for red-light violations.

The city is leasing the camera system from Norcross-based LaserCraft, which also supplies systems to Gwinnett County, Duluth, Lilburn, Snellville and Suwanee. Leasing the system typically costs about $4,000 monthly.

"The other chiefs are real pleased," Stidd said. "The cameras seem to be working well and changing dangerous traffic patterns."

The system's aim is to reduce the incidence of "T-bone" collisions at intersections, which often cause serious injuries or fatalities.

The system takes three different photos of each violation, which are then reviewed by a police technician and mailed to violators along with a citation.

Norcross police Cpl. Mary Heath said if someone is ticketed through the camera system, the offense is civil not criminal, and no points are placed on the driver's record.

Heath said the city also is considering installing the systems in the near future at the intersections of Buford Highway and Langford Road, and at Buford Highway and North Norcross-Tucker Road.