ROSWELL, Ga. -- Roswell Transportation Director Steve Acenbrak says cameras installed in 2006 at two Roswell intersections that record license plate numbers of drivers running red lights have made no appreciable difference in the accident rates there, reports the Marietta Daily Journal.
Acenbrak told council members last week that in the 25 months prior to installing the red light cameras on Ga. Hwy 9 at Holcomb Bridge and Mansell roads, there were three crashes caused by red light running., the newspaper reports. In 22 months following the installation, there were also three crashes related to running the light, Acenbrak said.
Mayor Jere Wood recommended that no more cameras be installed and council members agreed.
After the council was told that the Georgia Department of Transportation has changed standards required to approve cameras and that the city might not be able to prove a need for the existing cameras, council members also expressed a desire to terminate the use of current cameras, the MDJ reports.
Money brought into the city through camera-related fines at the lights reached an all time high in 2008, when Roswell netted $835,253 for the year. That figure dropped to $630,795 the following year and fell to $100,463 in 2010, the MDJ said.
The city finished in the hole during the past two years, after paying the vendor who handles collections, the newspaper reported. Cameras weren't used for a large period of time due to construction at the Holcomb Bridge Road/Ga. Hwy 9 intersection.