Jonesborough traffic cameras set to go live
By HEATHER RICHARDSON
Published February 6th, 2009 | 6 Comments
JONESBOROUGH — As the 30-day grace period for Jonesborough’s traffic cameras comes to an end, officials say they are seeing big drops in red light violations.
The grace period officially ends at midnight Friday. During the grace period, motorists who ran a red light or were speeding at the intersections where cameras are in place received a citation in the mail informing them of the violation and reminding them that the cameras were in place. Those motorists didn’t have to pay a fine or come to court for their violation.
Starting Saturday, violators will still receive a citation in the mail. An $88 fee will, however, accompany that citation.
There are seven traffic cameras inside Jonesborough’s city limits. They are in place at the intersections of Jackson Boulevard, Boones Creek Road and New Boones Creek Road; Jackson and Forest Drive; and Jackson and Headtown Road.
Jonesborough Operations Manager Craig Ford said those who receive a citation will be given a number or pass code which they can type in at a Web site. At this Web site the person can view a 12-second video of the violation.
Ford said for a violation to be counted the signal has to be red prior to the vehicle crossing the stop bar.
“The thing that they have to bear in mind ... is that the light has to be red before you stop at the cross bar,” Ford said. “They don’t need to bow up and stop at the intersection if the light is still yell o w. ”
Redflex, the company that issued the traffic cameras, is the original viewer of the violations. Sgt. Natalie Hilbert said Redflex reviews all violations before sending them to Jonesborough. Violations due to funeral processions, police cruisers coming through with their lights and sirens on, or a vehicle moving out of the way of another vehicle are rejected. All other violations are then sent to Jonesborough, where an officer will review each one and determine if a citation will be issued.
Though some citizens were critical of the cameras, Hilbert and Ford said they seem to be doing their job.
“The numbers are going down which is what we are wanting,” Hilbert said. “That was our intention.”