East Ridge Council Votes to Use Traffic Cameras

Posted: Thursday, December 10, 2009 10:46 PM EST Updated: Thursday, December 10, 2009 11:55 PM EST
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EAST RIDGE (WRCB) -- You better watch your speed in East Ridge. City Council members voted to pass an ordinance that will allow the use of speed enforcement cameras.
It wasn't a unanimous decision. Councilman Brent Lambert was the only member to vote against the installation of cameras.
"Rushed into it. Wait and try other options to see if those work before doing something as drastic as traffic cameras," he told Eyewitness News.
Mayor Mike Steele said its a public safety issue and something must be done about excessive speeders.
"My reason for supporting this is that I have listened over the years and we want to do something to slow the traffic down," the mayor said.
The first camera will be mobile and will be placed in areas where excessive speeding is a problem. Stationary cameras will soon follow. You'll start seeing the first cameras in early 2010.
Fines for violations have not been released. Location and speed are factors. All of the money made from the cameras will be put into the city's safety programs.