The second time is the charm when it comes to keeping Gwinnett County’s only three red light cameras in place.
After a 2-2 deadlock earlier this month, Gwinnett commissioners voted Tuesday to renew the annual contract with American Traffic Solutions. Commission Chair Charlotte Nash, who was not at the Dec. 2 meeting, voted in favor.
“It’s the right thing to do,” she tells WSB’s Sandra Parrish.
Gwinnett Police Chief Butch Ayers pushed to keep the cameras at Pleasant Hill Road at Club Drive, Beaver Ruin Road at Steve Reynolds Boulevard, and Buford Drive and the Mall of Georgia Boulevard saying they’ve seen a dramatic reduction in accidents since their installation.
“There’s a significant decrease in the number of serious angle-intersecting accidents and injuries caused by those accidents,” he says.
Commissioners Tommy Hunter and John Heard once again voted against the contract renewal.
“If it’s not about revenue and it’s all about stopping accidents, and injuries, and deaths, then why don’t we have them at every intersection,” says Hunter.
He admits there has been a decrease in the number accidents at each of the three intersections but says there were no deaths at those intersections before the cameras were installed.
Commissioner Lynette Howard says the cameras are saving lives.
“Every camera that we’ve put in in the past has reduced the number of serious accidents, and so anything that makes sense like that we really should be doing,” she says.