In a 4-1 vote Thursday, the BMA approved an ordinance allowing the city to install traffic enforcement cameras on its roads and use them to issue civil citations for traffic violations.
Alderman Melvin Carrier voted against the ordinance.
“I know what the people of Bluff City want, and I know what they don’t want,” Carrier said. “They don’t want the cameras.”
Mayor Todd Malone said the city will use the new ordinance, which is effective immediately, to install traffic cameras on U.S. 11E. Drivers caught speeding by the cameras will have to pay a $50 civil fine and $45 in court costs, according to the ordinance. Court cost is a term used for the processing fee cities charge to handle the citiations that do no go to court.
“The intent [behind these cameras] is not revenue,” Malone said at Thursday’s meeting. “The intent is to change people’s driving habits on U.S. 11E.”
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