Traffic camera opponent makes false claims about Hixson Pike's "S" curves

A traffic camera is used to ticket speeders on Hixson Pike.
photo A traffic camera is used to ticket speeders on Hixson Pike.

NASHVILLE -- A bill banning cities' use of automated traffic cameras is staggering to the House floor in a watered-down version -- and with a new sponsor.

The abrupt development came after the bill's original sponsor, Rep. Andy Holt, R-Dresden, falsely claimed in the House Finance Subcommittee Tuesday night that Chattanooga's speed cameras on Hixson Pike's infamous "S" curves no longer function and no citations are being issued.

The claim later prompted an email of protest from Chattanooga Police Chief Fred Fletcher in which he said he knows for a fact the cameras are operational.

That's because Fletcher said he himself got a citation for driving too fast through the deadly stretch of roadway not long ago.