Chattanooga's speed cameras go live Monday
Activated today, speed cameras in three areas of Chattanooga will be looking for speeders starting Monday.
The City of Chattanooga is targeting speeders with more road-side cameras with its Speed Reduction Initiative. It's installing them on what city traffic engineers have determined the most dangerous stretches of road.
You may have noticed signs popping up in a few places around Chattanooga, warning drivers to obey the speed limit or receive photo proof of your law breaking, along with a ticket, in the mail.
"There are very speedy people on this road," Norcross Road resident Jeanette Liles said.
Jeanette Liles has lived on Norcross Road for 48 years. She welcomes a photo enforcement unit installed on her street.
"I'm just happy to see it and I hope it works because we have lost lives right here on this little stretch of road," Liles said.
The city's transportation department flagged Norcross Road, Germantown Road and Mountain Creek Road for having accident rates up to 2.5 times the state average. Traffic studies also show nearly 70-percent of drivers speed there.
"We're trying to use every tool we can use to make sure our streets are safe," Chattanooga Transportation Department Administrator Blythe Bailey said.
Those who live along these high-risk stretches say they're on board with this method of getting cars to slow down.
"They stop sharply and someone almost hits them. It's 2-3 times a day," Mountain Creek Road resident Albert Tyler said.
Mountain Creek Road resident Albert Tyler would like to see even more speed cameras put up.
"I think it's a good thing. If you're doing the speed limit it's a good thing," Tyler said.
But, not everyone sees it that way. Some say they're against the "big brother" method.
"I think the cops should be able to sit somewhere and catch you instead of seeing you on camera and mailing you a ticket, so I think it's a bunch of bull crap," local driver Lake Smith said.
The tickets issued are $50 each.
"What is important for people to know is that we don't necessarily want people to get tickets. We want people to slow down," Bailey said.