Oak Ridge speed cameras go into action Thursday

  • By Bob Fowler
  • Posted August 4, 2009 at 3:36 p.m. , updated August 4, 2009 at 3:36 p.m.

OAK RIDGE - Two traffic safety cameras that nab speeders go into effect at 12:01 a.m. Thursday, Oak Ridge Police Chief David H. Beams announced today.
The cameras are located on Robertsville Road at Willow Brook Elementary School and on Oak Ridge Turnpike in front of Oak Ridge High.
The systems will automatically adapt to the lower school zone speed limits of 20 mph when schools are in session, officials said.
The cameras have been in a 30-day warning period where violators had received warning notices rather than $50 citations.
All of the city's initial red light and speed cameras are now in action, Beams said. Citations are being mailed to the people who have the offending vehicles registered in their names.
Red light and speed cameras are located at the intersections of Robertsville Road and Illinois Avenue and at Oak Ridge Turnpike and LaFayette Drive.
Illegal left and right turns are also monitored at the turnpike intersection, Beams said.
The speeding and red light cameras at the turnpike and Illinois Avenue intersections resulted in the issuance of more than 4,000 speeding tickets and red-light violations during their first month in operation, police said last month.
Other systems may be installed in the future as part of the city's contract with RedFlex Traffic Systems, Inc.
More details as they develop online and in Wednesday's News Sentinel.