Speed Trap and the BCPD
Rock Chucker

Bristol, VA

#21 Jun 29, 2010
55-8-198. Citations based on surveillance cameras.
(a) A traffic citation that is based solely upon evidence obtained from a surveillance camera that has been installed to enforce or monitor traffic violations shall be considered a nonmoving traffic violation.
(b) An employee of the applicable law enforcement office shall review video evidence from a traffic light signal monitoring system and make a determination as to whether a violation has occurred. If a determination is made that a violation has occurred, a notice of violation or a citation shall be sent by first class mail to the registered owner of the vehicle that was captured by the traffic light signal monitoring system. A notice of violation or citation shall allow for payment of the traffic violation or citation within thirty (30) days of the mailing of the notice. No additional penalty or other costs shall be assessed for nonpayment of a traffic violation or citation that is based solely on evidence obtained from a surveillance camera installed to enforce or monitor traffic violations, unless a second notice is sent by first class mail to the registered owner of the motor vehicle and the second notice provides for an additional thirty (30) days for payment of the violation or citation.
(c)(1) Effective July 1, 2009, a state agency or political subdivision of the state that installs, owns, operates or maintains a traffic-control signal light located in an intersection that employs a surveillance camera for the enforcement or monitoring of traffic violations shall ensure that:
(A) The surveillance camera does not identify as a violation of 55-8-110(a)(3), or any municipal law or ordinance that mirrors, substantially duplicates or incorporates by cross-reference the language of 55-8-110(a)(3), any vehicle that legally entered the intersection during the green or yellow intervals in accordance with 55-8-110(a)(1) and (2); and
(B) Appropriate signage is located not less than five hundred feet (500) but not more than one thousand feet (1,000) in advance of the intersection informing drivers as to the presence of surveillance cameras at the approaching intersection.
(2) If the state agency or political division of the state violates subdivision (c)(1), then any traffic citation based solely on evidence generated by the surveillance camera shall be deemed to be invalid.
Rock Chucker

Bristol, VA

#22 Jun 29, 2010
d) The following vehicles are exempt from receiving a notice of violation:
(1) Emergency vehicles with active emergency lights;
(2) Vehicles moving through the intersection to avoid or clear the way for a marked emergency vehicle;
(3) Vehicles under police escort; and
(4) Vehicles in a funeral procession.
(e)(1) Except as otherwise provided in this subsection (e), the registered owner of the motor vehicle shall be responsible for payment of any notice of violation or citation issued as the result of a traffic light monitoring system.
(2) An owner of a vehicle shall not be responsible for the violation if, on or before the designated court date, the owner furnishes the court an affidavit stating the name and address of the person or entity that leased, rented or otherwise had care, custody or control of the motor vehicle at the time of the violation.
(3) If a motor vehicle or its plates were stolen at the time of the alleged violation, the registered owner must provide an affidavit denying the owner was an operator and provide a certified copy of the police report reflecting such theft.
(4) An affidavit alleging theft of a motor vehicle or its plates must be provided by the registered owner of a vehicle receiving a notice of violation within thirty (30) days of the mailing date of the notice of violation.
(f) No surveillance cameras shall be permitted on federal interstate highways except for Smart Way cameras, other intelligent transportation system cameras or, when employees of the department or construction workers are present, surveillance cameras used to enforce or monitor traffic violations within work zones designated by the department of transportation; provided, that the cameras shall be operated only by a state entity.
[Acts 2008, ch. 962, 1; 2009, ch. 389, 1, 2.]
Pissed Off

Nashville, TN

#23 Jun 30, 2010
Well I read the posting of the law above and while written a bit sloppily that law seems to primarily apply to surveilance cameras used at intersections for red light cameras not speed cameras as noted:

"(b) An employee
of the applicable law enforcement office shall review video evidence from a traffic light signal monitoring system"

"(c)(1) Effective July 1, 2009, a state agency or political subdivision of the state that installs, owns, operates or maintains a traffic-control signal light located in an intersection that employs a surveillance camera"

As for not incurring any further penalties or fines, it says:

"No additional penalty or other costs shall be assessed for nonpayment of a traffic violation or citation that is based solely on evidence obtained from a surveillance camera installed to enforce or monitor traffic violations, unless a second notice is sent by first class mail to the registered owner of the motor vehicle and the second notice provides for an additional thirty (30) days for payment of the violation or citation."

UNLESS A SECOND NOTICE IS SENT... So if they send the second notice and it gives another 30 days for payment and you continue to blow it off then you CAN be assesed further fines and penalties. This is not the free pass you all seem to think it is.
Granted its a poorly written law but it sure as hell doesn't say you can just blow it off without consequence.
Indiana Grandparents

Elkhart, IN

#24 Jul 12, 2010
We too, are among the recipients of your "Welcome to Bluff City" mail a ticket program. Your Hwy 11 speed trap caught us at 11:33pm on our first night after our college grandson's baseball game. We had rented a house on Boone Lake and were in route to find the house, when we were photograped and ticketed.
We anticipate that we will be coming back to the area again over the next two years, but I can assure you that we will not be coming to Bluff City
to spend our money.
You may have gained the 90.00 ticket cost, but in the long run, you lost the 1500.00 that we spent the week that we were there.
Whatajoke

Bristol, VA

#25 Jul 12, 2010
Indiana Grandparents wrote:
We too, are among the recipients of your "Welcome to Bluff City" mail a ticket program. Your Hwy 11 speed trap caught us at 11:33pm on our first night after our college grandson's baseball game. We had rented a house on Boone Lake and were in route to find the house, when we were photograped and ticketed.
We anticipate that we will be coming back to the area again over the next two years, but I can assure you that we will not be coming to Bluff City
to spend our money.
You may have gained the 90.00 ticket cost, but in the long run, you lost the 1500.00 that we spent the week that we were there.
Bluff City doesn't care. There is an almost endless supply of people getting tickets, and at $150,000 a month, your $1,500 is nothing to them.

Come spend your money in Bristol. We hate traffic cameras, and while our officers do write a few traffic citations, they are reasonable about it.

I am assuming your grandson is playing at ETSU, if so, be aware that Johnson City is installing redlight cameras. Don't get another ticket down there.
Independent

Johnson City, TN

#26 Jul 12, 2010
Stay in elizabethton. No cameras and we're within 15 minutes of ETSU.
Indiana Grandparents

Michigan City, IN

#27 Jul 15, 2010
Thank you for your comments and your information, we did check out Bristol and Elizabethon when we were there and they were both worth coming back to for a second visit. We appreciate the "Welcome offer"
Sean

Frederick, MD

#28 Aug 4, 2010
It's all about the Benjamins, baby!
smith

Bristol, TN

#29 Aug 21, 2010
i think bluff city is a speed trap
beanmoney

Dawsonville, GA

#30 Oct 22, 2010
My husband just received a photo ticket in the mail today...I thought it was "Junk Mail" at first and almost put it in the trash...Thank goodness I opened it, he was going 55 in the 45 but he said the speed limit jumped up and down VERY often so he really watched has speed and in the photo there is 5 cars all side by side? Did all 5 cars get tickets too? We are really having a hard time with a tight budget like alot of people but I'm sure the cameras don't care. I looked on the internet and the 45 speed limit is for approx 1000 ft on several sites or about 1 mile on one site. How could you even slow down 10 that fast and then get back to 55 that fast. Just wanted to express my feelings like SO MANY have. We will not be visiting or passing thru that town every again for $90 we can spend that on gas going around. Good luck and well wishes to the people that live there and the poor people who don't know and go thru that town. With a population of 1000 and average tickets of 2300 per month like I said "Bless the Vistors that go thru your town and bless you because they will never be back!" Enjoy your ticket money because you will are going to loose all your passing thru revenue. "THE RICH GET RICHER AND THE POOR GET POORER"
Rose from NC

Maiden, NC

#32 Jun 14, 2012
Just an update: the Bluff City Speed Trap is still there. And we agree with everyone else. We may pass through there again and we may get another ticket but we can guaranty we will not spend any money there, even if we run out of gas and have to push our car to the next town. We were in the area shopping for a $30,000 pontoon boat. Needless to say we will look elsewhere.
Pissed Off wrote:
I'd just like to give a hardy FU*K YOU to the Bluff City PD for thier speed trap camera set up near 11E & Poplar Ridge Road. You worthless fu*ks think your so smart setting that camera in a reduced speed zone that is not clearly marked like it should be, well fu*ck you and your fine. I'd rather never set foot in this sh*t hole state again then give you one penny of my money you scamming ass wipes.
I don't mind paying if I am speeding because I decided to disregard the limit, which I haven't done in over 15 years as proven by my clean driving record, but you sh*theads truly have created an entrapment zone. I have a clean record for 15 years driving all over the east coast and the two times I come through here I get a ticket in the same damn spot for the same damn thing 55 in a 45. I know my eyes work, I sure as hell know how to drive, and its funny my ticket is for going 55 which is the limit for almost the entire road except that stretch and it aint clearly marked like it should be that the speed drops, if it was I would have seen the damn signs and slowed down.
I feel sorry for you locals that have to put up with this crap daily.
Once again FU BCPD!!!
Bob from Ohio

Defiance, OH

#33 Jun 14, 2012
I just came down to visit my mom for the first time in this fine town. Wow a 45 mph divided highway, for about 1,000 feet? What a terrible way to scam visitors. Goodbye Bluff City. Call me when you take down the speed trap.
Shelley

Seminole, FL

#34 Aug 17, 2012
First speeding ticket in my life and am wondering what really happens if I don't pay. Anyone here not pay? I don't want to 'admit to any guilt' by just sending a check but I live in FL and don't see myself getting back to BC for a court day. If l lived nearer, I'd definitely go to court and fight it.
Cynthia

Waynesville, NC

#35 Jul 24, 2014
I am from Maggie valley NC. I know all the hotel owners and restaurant owner. I know all the beer and food suppliers. I will make sure all these people that can get free tickets to the Bristol motor speedway will tell people will can afford to spend unlimited amounts of money in your sorry town. This is definalty an illegal speed trap. My fine is just $50.00 dollars, that is just peanuts to me. There are drug dealing and child abuse going on in your town, and all you have to worry about is a speed trap. "shame on you" There are people who can't afford to pay because Barney Fife gets a little authority. You give your county a bad name. I don't see how you can sleep at night. I pray for you. If I was you I would feel guilty and ask god to forgive me and try to make things right. So when you sit down to eat, just think about the food and medicine that your are stealing from the poor people who are living from paycheck to paycheck. This could be you or your family one day. "WHAT WOULD JESUS DO" I know what Jesus would do. He would not have speed traps. You are just hurting innocent people and yourself, because of the loss revenue that you have just lost. If you town is so poor you have to have speed traps you don't deserve to have a police department. Only a coward will hide behind a camera. I bet if someone was to call the police department because of domestic violence and child abuse, the whole police department would have to come out because you are cowards.
Steven Stumpf

Columbus, OH

#36 Oct 14, 2014
It is really a Shem.
Traveling in the South East US in the past 2 years I have got two 2
Speeding ticket. guess where? Yes in Bluff City!
If I would be a speeder shouldn't I or wouldn't I got ticket somewhere
From Baltymor to Louisville or Nashville to Charleston SC or WV?
It is just Shem when the local government is not checked by the
State or by the Federal.
The Low is to keep the Nation in order and we all should follow- even
those people who create such an environment what hert people who
are not belong to that community.
The thing is; traveling for a living I spend money in that area for food,
hotel so an. It should be enough not through this TRAP!
Thank You;
Steven Stumpf from Charlotte NC
Kelso

Virgie, KY

#37 Sep 27, 2015
Got one through there last weekend. 57 in a 45. We're from va and got lost one the way to te race track and went down that road and never saw a speed limit sign. I'm site there was one but when you're too buy tryi to figure out where the hell you are and where you should be going it was a little hard to figure out the speed limit lol. All radar speeding cams are for is to get money off if people.
Law Abiding Citizen

Abingdon, VA

#38 Jul 20, 2016
Catch me if you can ! Drive a cloaked 455
johnson

Swansboro, NC

#39 Sep 10, 2016
That city will never see a dime of my money. no stopping for gas and no stopping for food, no stopping for anything. So your city can enjoy my $50 and forget ever any revenue income again from myself or my family.. Absolutely a speed trap and income maker for the city regardless of what the poor city says about not having a large enough police force etc.
Good luck with your city as I will spread the news and when your business go out of business look at you own practices.
Good luck Bluff....your worthless
Timmy

Jonesborough, TN

#40 Sep 12, 2016
Don't pay the ticket. I got one 5 yrs ago, didn't pay it. Nothing they can do about it. It's worded like you will get in trouble, but it isn't ran by the police department, it's ran by an Australian company who gives money to bcpd.
Awful

Abingdon, VA

#41 Sep 12, 2016
Timmy wrote:
Don't pay the ticket. I got one 5 yrs ago, didn't pay it. Nothing they can do about it. It's worded like you will get in trouble, but it isn't ran by the police department, it's ran by an Australian company who gives money to bcpd.
Don't underestimate the long arm of the law , just wait & see, wheels of justice turn real slow here in America

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