published Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

Hamilton County commissioners strike down speeding cameras

Hamilton County Commissioners today held a revote and reversed a controversial motion passed last week that would allow sheriff deputies to acquire two officer-operated traffic cameras to clock and take video of speeding drivers.

With the devices, the officers could have a company, Applied Technology Partners, mail $50 civil tickets to vehicle owners without pulling the drivers over.

Sheriff Jim Hammond told commissioners last week the cameras would mainly be used on narrow roads, school zones, construction areas and other areas where it is dangerous for officers to perform traffic stops.

One quarter of the proceeds from the tickets were supposed to pay for a countywide drivers education program, but Commissioner Larry Henry said today the funding mechanism was not feasible for the scope of the proposed program.

The motion passed 5-4 last week, but after commissioners took a week to review the resolution — and hear from constituents — the motion was denied today in an 8-1 vote. Only District 5 Commissioner Greg Beck supported the resolution, citing officer and student safety.

Read more in Thursday's Chattanooga Times Free Press.

about Louie Brogdon...

Louie Brogdon began reporting with the Chattanooga Times Free Press in February 2013. Before he came to the Scenic City, Louie lived on St. Simons Island, Ga. and covered crime, courts, environment and government at the Brunswick News, a 17,000-circulation daily on the Georgia coast. While there, he was awarded for investigative reporting on police discipline and other law enforcement issues by the Georgia Press Association. For the Times Free Press, Louie covers Hamilton County ...

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