City Halts Plan to Deploy Traffic Control Cameras


Rossville community leaders elected to halt plans to deploy traffic cameras at several intersections within the city after Rossville City Attorney Steve Farrow reported that it violates Georgia law, which states that money collected from traffic-control systems cannot be used to pay for the installation of the traffic control devices.

According to the Chattanooga Times Free Press, the plan called for the installation of cameras using money derived from traffic violations.

“I’m against it, and the two councilmen who were for it are against it, and it is a dead issue,” says Rossville Mayor Johnny Baker.

Rick Buff, a Rossville councilman, says that he did not vote for the contract in the beginning, as it seemed too much like “fee grabbing.”

“I don’t feel like it would be a good way to spend the taxpayers’ money,” says Buff.

The purpose of installing cameras according to city officials was to slow drivers down and to prevent them from running red lights.

The contract would have cost the city $4,300 per month per intersection. However, a loophole in the contract would have absolved Rossville of making up the difference between fines collected and the stated monthly fee.

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