New Law A Day: Tennessee Traffic Camera Citations

Submitted by Joe Legge on July 25, 2008 - 11:15am. If you haven't been caught by a "traffic camera" yet, consider yourself lucky. The Chattanooga Police Department has relentlessly targeted Broad Street near WDEF News 12 in recent weeks.
Did you know, the state just created a procedure for issuing citations based on traffic monitoring systems? An employee of the applicable law enforcement agency must review video evidence from a traffic light signal monitoring system and make a determination as to whether a violation occurred. The Chattanooga PD already visually inspects the "traffic cam" violations before citations are sent out.
If a determination is made that a violation occurred, notice must be sent via first class mail to the registered owner of the vehicle. The notice or citation must allow for payment within 30 days of mailing the notice or citation.
The law also exempts you from getting a ticket under certain circumstances. If you move through an intersection to clear the way for an emergency vehicle or are in a funeral procession, you should not be tickted.
Also, the registered owner of a vehicle is not responsible for a violation if, on or before the court date, the owner furnishes the court an affidavit stating the name and address of the person or entity that leased, rented, or otherwise had care, custody, or control of the motor vehicle at the time of the violation.
One side note, the piece of legislation originally filed called for notice of a ticket to be sent by certified mail. If that had happened, the state estimated localities that use "traffic cameras" would incur more than $250,000 in expenses, reducing the amount of "revenue" they take in.
Oh, and if you're going to be on Broad Street anytime soon... you've been warned.