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Morristown's traffic-cameras on pace for millions in tickets

Staff Report • Apr 1, 2009 at 12:00 AM

Morristown's red-light cameras at Cumberland Street and Morris Boulevard and Morris and West Andrew Johnson Highway began issuing actual citations for speeding and running red lights on Monday.Prior to Monday, the cameras issued warning citations.According to a Morriston Citizen-Tribune report intersections that have already been submitting citations it appears that the red-light cameras will generate far more revenue than the initial numbers indicated.During the first three weeks the cameras were live, they identified 1,991 motorists who were speeding and 1,858 motorists who ran red lights, according to Maj. Michelle Jones with the Morristown Police Department.After the first week the cameras issued citations, police reported that just 80 motorists had received a $50 citation. One possible explanation for the large discrepancy, Jones says, is that police officers had not reviewed the video evidence generated by the cameras.If motorists don’t modify their behavior and all citations issued are paid, the Highway 25E red-light cameras would generate more than $2 million for city government in one year, a city budget official confirmed this morning.The cut for Redflex, the private company that installed the cameras, would be more than $1.25 million. CLICK HERE for the full report.

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