Cameras go live next week

Published 12:55 am Saturday, September 10, 2011

Consider this your warning. Consider this your only warning.

Beginning Friday, Sept. 16, two new red light cameras within the city of Selma city limits will begin issuing citations to those drivers who find the red, yellow and green light system a little to difficult to follow.

“Crews are making the final adjustments on the next two cameras now and these cameras will start issuing citations next Friday,” Selma Chief of Police William T. Riley said Friday. “There will not be any warning or grace period.”

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In addition to the existing red light camera on J.L. Chestnut Boulevard, the city has installed one at the intersection of Dallas Avenue and Hooper Drive near the Selma Country Club and another on Broad Street near the intersection of L.L. Anderson.

“There is a little bit of pre-maintenance work the crews will be working on over the next few days,” Riley said. “Everything will be installed, tested and ready to go by next Friday.”

The camera on J.L. Boulevard, which is located near the Franklin Street intersection, began issuing citations on July 29.

“At this point, we haven’t had one driver challenge their citation in municipal court,” Riley said. “Now, I am sure, that will change, but at this point, we have not heard of a single person challenging their ticket.”

And, according to figures from the Selma Police Department, there are plenty of drivers who have had the chance to challenge their citations.

In the first month of issuing citations — from July 29 through Aug. 29 — a total of 339 citations were sent to drivers who broke one type of traffic violation or another.

“The idea behind these cameras is to change the driving habits of drivers,” Riley said. “We really believe these cameras will make a difference.”
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