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Study shows Morristown traffic cameras would generate major revenue

Staff Report • Jan 26, 2009 at 12:00 AM

The Morristown Citizen-Tribune is reporting that unless Morristown drivers slow down, ticket-issuing traffic cameras will result in hundreds of thousands of dollars in additional fines to what is already a record-setting collection year.Redflex, the company that’s installing the traffic cameras, Redflex, conducted preliminary speeding studies at two sites where cameras will be installed, according to Jeff Branham, Morristown city engineer.Over a 12-hour period on Highway 25E near the Walmart-dominated Crocket Square, Branham says 808 motorists were clocked driving more than 10 mph over the posted speed limit, which would generate a $104 speeding ticket for each driver.During the same time span in October, 529 motorists were monitored speeding at the intersection of West Andrew Johnson Highway and the Highway 160 bypass, according to Braham.If traffic citations would have been issued for the 1,337 speeding violations, they would have generated approximately $140,000 in cash, but the 12-hour numbers are probably low, according to Branham.That’s because on Highway 25E, Redflex only monitored southbound traffic for six hours, and the radar unit was posted between the Crockett Square red lights.

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