Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Red Bank’s streets could see a boost in traffic once its traffic cameras cease to function Saturday, Jan. 19, when the city’s contract expires with American Traffic Solutions.
City commissioners voted Sept. 4 to cancel the contract with ATS six years after it was signed in 2007. Tickets issued to motorists based on photos taken by the city’s four traffic cameras have generated more than $1 million dollars in revenue since the cameras’ installation.
“I think it will bring more people and business to Red Bank,” said Mayor John Roberts, then vice mayor, at the time of the vote to cancel the contract, which was originally set to last for 12 years.
Tickets for violations recorded by the cameras can still be issued up until 11:59 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18.
Vice Mayor Floy Pierce voted to install the traffic cameras in 2007. She also voted for their removal in September, citing the damage done to local business for the reason behind her change of heart.
“If this doesn’t work, we do have the option to put them back,” she said at the Sept. 4 meeting.