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Will Mount Carmel remove speed cameras?

April 26th, 2012 6:43 am by Jeff Bobo

MOUNT CARMEL — A committee of Mount Carmel aldermen will determine the fate of the town’s photo enforcement cameras, but Mayor Gary Lawson said Wednesday he believes they have outlived their usefulness.

Lawson said the motive for installing the two speed enforcement cameras on Highway 11-W in 2008 was to slow down traffic and improve safety on the highway.

The installation of a traffic light on Highway 11-W at the Hammond Avenue intersection appears to be performing that function as well, Lawson said.

The traffic signal went online Feb. 17.

Between Feb. 17 and April 22, the 11-W speed enforcement cameras issued 393 citations.

During that same time period in 2011, the cameras issued 600 speeding citations. And in 2010 they issued 743 speeding citations.

Tuesday evening Lawson appointed three members of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen to serve on a committee that will determine if the speed enforcement cameras are still needed. That includes a mobile speed enforcement camera used occasionally on Carters Valley Road and side streets where speeding become a problem.

Based on statistics, Lawson said he believes the cameras can be taken down.

Read the expanded version of this report and other action from the BMA meeting in the Times-News print editon or its enhanced electronic editon.

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