Red Bank Traffic Cameras Can Also Catch Speeders
by Adam Clagg
posted October 3, 2006

Red Bank Police Chief Larry Sneed on Tuesday recommended activation of the speed sensors to Red Bank's traffic cameras. Currently, the cameras are used to capture images of people running red lights. Chief Sneed told the board of commissioners this new program would "reduce the speed and reduce the crashes."

Commissioner Ronnie Moore asked if more equipment will need to be bought and installed. City Manager Chris Dorsey said the equipment came with the cameras, but is currently not being used.

Chief Sneed said, "It's a matter of activation." Lines on the street must be painted to measure the speed, though.

Recent traffic studies reported more than 250 speeding voilations above 11 miles per hour in a 10-day time. The two highest speeds on Dayton Boulevard during the survey were 102 and 114 miles per hour, it was said.

Vice-Mayor Joe Glasscock postponed a vote on the new program, but promised the board's support of Chief Sneed's efforts to reduce speeding.

Also at Tuesday's board meeting, Chief Sneed detailed a recent reduction in speed limits on residential streets. All streets that were 30 mph will now be 25 mph. The city manager is working on getting the new signs posted, and the new speed limits are currently being enforced, it was said.

Commissioner Floy Pierce announced the upcoming October Festival, which will be held Oct. 13 and 14. She said an auction will be held on Oct. 13 at the art gallery. The board authorized the city to support the October Festival with infrastructure and in-kind support services.

The Red Bank Police Department recently received three grants. The Crash Reduction Through Traffic Reinforcement Grant is for $47,700. Requiring a 10% match from the city, $30,000 will be used for equipment and $17,700 will be used for overtime pay, Chief Sneed reported.

Also announced was a $30,000 grant from the state that benefits Red Bank for volunteering to serve as the area's Highway Safety Coordinator. Chief Sneed said the police department volunteered to serve as the network coordinator before the grant money was even offered. $16,000 will be used for equipment and $14,000 will be used for overtime pay for off-duty officers to "work traffic."

The third grant for $5,000 was also from the state. It is called the High Visibility Law Enforcement Grant. These funds will be used to purchase digital camera equipment.

Pam Stone, a representative of the Christian Motorcyclists Association, addressed the board and announced the group's intentions to hold a benefit ride for Sgt. Adam Biggs. He is a veteran of the Iraq War and was injured in a motorcycle accident recently. His ICU bills are estimated to be over $1 million. The benefit ride will be Oct. 21 at 10 a.m., it was said.

April Cox of the Red Bank Neighborhood Pride Association announced Oct. 28 as the litter clean-up day.

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