Speed cameras to begin in warning phase
Thursday, June 14, 2007 at 12:28 p.m.
By Michael Davis
Speed-enforcement cameras will begin running on the Hixson Pike S-curves Friday, as city officials try to improve safety on the stretch of road north of downtown.
The program will start in an introductory phase through July 15, when only warnings will be issued. After that, violators will received $50 traffic citations, officials said.
“It’s behavior we want to change more than anything,” Chattanooga police Chief Freeman Cooper said.
Four fixed cameras will be situated on the Hixson Pike S-curves and two mobile vans will have speed-detection abilities. After three to six months, officials will phase in up to 16 red light cameras at various intersections throughout the city, officials said.
The violations are civil penalties that will not count toward points on insurance, city traffic engineer John Van Winkle said.
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For complete details, see tomorrow’s Chattanooga Times Free Press.