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Oak Ridge To Take Another Stab At Red Light Camera Contract

WUOT News, Matt Shafer Powell

  UPDATE:  Oak Ridge city council rejected the resolution to extend the contract and the cameras will be removed when the contract expires on April 21.

Oak Ridge city council members will decide whether to extend the city’s red light camera contract tonightafter failing to resolve the issue at an earlier meeting.

Since being approved in August 2008, the cameras have reduced accidents, lowered average driving speedsand generated more than $2.6 million dollars in revenue for the city.  But like most cities with red light cameras, their presence is not universally celebrated. 

City Council will be able to vote on two resolutions this evening:  one will allow the city’s contract with Redflex Traffic Systems to expire in April and the other would extend the contract for two more years.  The extension option may involve changes to the current contract, including the addition of mobile cameras that can be moved from one point to another.

A final vote on the issue was postponed earlier this month when one council member had to leave the meeting to attend to a family emergency.