published Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

You can now get speeding tickets in Hamilton County without ever being pulled over

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    Speeders are tracked from a Tennessee Highway Patrol car in this file photo.

Do you speed a lot?

Hamilton County Sheriff Deputies can now clock drivers and send them tickets, without ever getting out of their cars.

Commissioners today passed a resolution allowing Sheriff Jim Hammond to contract with a company called Applied Technology Partners. The company will give the sheriff's office two camera-equipped speed detection lasers that will allow officers to take videos of drivers who are speeding. The officers will then upload that video to the company, which will then mail a $50 civil ticket to the person to whom the vehicle is registered.

The commission was split on the issue, but it ultimately passed 5-4.

Commissioners Chester Bankston, Greg Beck, Jim Fields, Marty Haynes and Larry Henry voted for the measure.

Commissioners Tim Boyd, Joe Graham, Warren Mackey and Fred Skillern voted no.

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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