published Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

Red Bank to keep cameras for now


by Chris Carroll

A month after declaring war on traffic cameras, Red Bank Mayor Monty Millard said he's unable to zap his city's devices because of expenses.

Reading a prepared statement during Tuesday evening's commission meeting, Millard said the city would be obligated to pay American Traffic Solutions $100,000 to $600,000 to break the contract.

Red Bank used $172,724 from its reserve funds to balance this year's budget without a property tax increase.

"I am not willing to put our taxpayers at risk for even $100,000," Millard said.

The news came a month after Millard asked City Manager Chris Dorsey to "determine our option for the immediate removal of the red-light cameras and the speed van" in Red Bank.

Millard is up for re-election in 2012, a year before Red Bank officially can take down the cameras without a financial penalty, according to the contract.

As he spoke, Commissioner Ruth Jeno smiled. She and Vice Mayor Greg Jones have said they support the cameras for safety.

Millard said he would explore ways to prolong "yellow-light time to reduce the number of tickets issued, and more importantly, reduce the number of rear-end collisions."

In January, Millard was the only commissioner out of five to vote against a 12-year contract extension with American Traffic, the Arizona-based company that supplies Red Bank's traffic cameras.

"I do what the commission wants," Dorsey said. "Taking the cameras down doesn't look reasonable, financially."

Contact Chris Carroll at ccarroll@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6610.

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Johnnie5000 said...

Maybe in 3 years when they can get rid of the cameras, we can all stop avoiding Red Bank like we do now. Never gotten a ticket from a camera trap, but I avoid Red Bank like it has syphilis all the same.

They could at least ditch that camera-trap minivan for the time being as a sign of good faith. Or at the very least have identifying decals installed onto the van (and Tennessee license plates too) like Chattanooga has on their vans.

December 22, 2010 at 5:02 a.m.
srd275 said...

This is one of the many problems of the RLC SCAM! The industry tries to make it very expensesive to cancel their scam when the public finally realize it is a scam.

In Houston, ATS is actually SUING to overturn a public vote BANNING RLC. So much for democracy.

RLC need to be banned. RLC Vendors should not be allowed (and cities) to hide behind "contracts" trying to keep the scam going. The only ones Red Bank are hurting are your own taxpayers in the long term.

RLC were never about safety, only money. This goes on to prove it!

Fight the SCAM!

Ban the CAMS!

Tell TN legislature NO to FAKE "RESTRICTION" bill, tell them you want a REAL BAN!

Go to http://www.facebook.com/killtncams to join in the fight!

from:

<p>www.banthecams.org www.camerafraud.com www.motorists.org www.bancams.com>
ericlee478 said...

Did Chris Dorsey say "I do what the commision wants" well why are the 3 officers still being punished. The commision did not want that to happen Chris.

December 22, 2010 at 10:22 a.m.

If you don't break the traffic laws, then you won't get ticketed.

It's that simple, folks.

December 22, 2010 at 10:36 a.m.
bb12 said...

I would rather the city fine people who break the law than raise my taxes. Fine people who run red lights and keep my taxes the same!!

December 22, 2010 at 1:07 p.m.
VOL1972 said...

I hope they continue to stay up. They really do work to enforce laws and keep everyone driving on the streets safe. The safety of the streets needs to be the priority of everyone.

December 22, 2010 at 2:23 p.m.
dao1980 said...

It seems to me that those in support of keeping said cameras, are those who usually cause accidents with their meandering slowly and unpredictably though quickly moving traffic. The same ones who would claim that inanimate pieces of revenue gathering equipment are a good replacement for personal ability to operate a vehicle while paying close attention to the road itself and the immediate result of each and every event that is quickly unfolding around them.

The same ones that would at any opportunity, trade a pound of individual liberty for an ounce of imaginary safety. (With the slimy salesman licking their greedy lips at every prospect of the deal)

You know, the slow and/or lazy kids..

December 22, 2010 at 2:55 p.m.
Obie1 said...

Let's face it; this Mayor has no respect for the police department or programs they support. The cameras are an easy political target. It seems the most important question should be "have they worked?” We have had the cameras for several years, so: "Are the violation, crashes, and injuries down?" Let the results speak for themselves. The Mayor certainly has this data, but never seems to mentions it!

December 22, 2010 at 3:09 p.m.
iseeyou said...

the sad takewaway is that people are still constantly speeding or running red lights to even account for those funds.

December 22, 2010 at 3:24 p.m.
Realpatriot said...

American Traffic Solution is owned by Goldman Sachs, the same crooks who took billions from the taxpayers! They do not go on your insurance records. You are not legally required to pay them. They are nothing but cash cows to feed the government, while the business owners and citizens lose out on revenue that would be generated by people returning to our city. Rear end collisions are rising, while side impacts are barely declining. The president of ATS has been quoted as saying that, "they are great revenue generators, especially during times of economic downturn." All you camera supporters do not realize that the cameras our killing our city, dont believe me, ask most people why they avoid Red Bank. I will leave you with a quote from one of our founding fathers. "Those who would sacrifice liberty for security, deserve neither and will get neither." -Ben Franklin

December 22, 2010 at 4:02 p.m.
BOOBOO99 said...

RED BANK GOVERNMENT IS A JOKE..THATS WHY I STAY AWAY FROM RED BANK

December 22, 2010 at 4:39 p.m.
antelope78 said...

Breaking a contract on a device that helps keep our roads safer seems totally ridiculous. Am glad the Mayor took a stance on it and kept the cameras going for now. If everyone would just realize that the cameras are there to reinforce our laws and change driving habits, it would an easier pill to swallow.

December 22, 2010 at 5:20 p.m.
noapathy said...

If everyone would just realize that not we're all not propaganda bots like some of you are, then maybe some like antelope78 could see the other side of things. I don't swallow whatever I'm told and say, it's good for me because so-and-so said it is. Why would they lie to me? Uhm, to get your money, to get the city some comfy revenue, invade your privacy and violate your constitutional rights, etc. I'm not with the safetly label, these scameras need to go. Saying over and over, don't you people get it just makes you look silly. They do get it BUT they are looking at all angles, thinking independently and asking plenty of uncomfortable questions, not just doing what YOU or the government wants you to. Just keep falling for it hook, line and sinker but don't expect others to jump off a cliff right behind you and look just as ignorant. Some people still care about their rights in this country, don't want to let 1984 get a foot in the door and plan to stand up for what's wrong whenever they can. I have never been ticketed and don't plan to, it's not about being above the law. Why can't YOU see THAT? The time for taking your medicine like a good little citizen is over, recognize who works for who here. If you actually pay attention to the company that owns the scameras, you would see that they target cities that are having economic difficulties...exactly like Red Bank. They are revenue generators, period.

December 23, 2010 at 12:03 p.m.
wholovesher said...

Wow, noapathy you sounds just a little paranoid. You're acting like we live in China or North Korea. Settle down.

December 23, 2010 at 3:36 p.m.
noapathy said...

Look what settling down gets us...and by the way, we are practically owned by China. Wake up!

December 27, 2010 at 4:09 p.m.
freewheel said...

Has enough time passed that we can see some reliable statistics from the installed system with regards to accident reduction? Articles like this don't really look at the whole issue - just a tiny piece with no background. We need more information to know if our leaders are making the right decisions - not just a bunch of hot air.

December 29, 2010 at 10:59 p.m.
noapathy said...

You can contact TDOT for the statistics before and after the cameras for specific intersections. I have a friend that also lives in Red Bank that keeps the RB Pride Association website posted with the latest stats. Traffic is down and accidents are up...but no one wants to hear that or believe it. Even when it's proved to be more than hot air, they want to justify the propaganda still. Makes no sense. People ask for proof and when they get it, they ignore it...all you hear is crickets because there's no where to go from there. They certainly aren't going to admit they were wrong or apologize to anti-camera citizens for their comments/behavior for having their stance against them.

January 6, 2011 at 2:45 p.m.
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