Speed cameras for Sweetwater?

Speed cameras for Sweetwater?

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Sweetwater

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#1 Apr 26, 2012
The city officials need to be voted out. If it is like Madisonville 2mph over will get you $85.
FYI

Knoxville, TN

#2 Apr 26, 2012
Sweetwater wrote:
The city officials need to be voted out. If it is like Madisonville 2mph over will get you $85.
Once again someone speaking without knowledge or facts! If you would have went to the open city workshop Monday, you would know that the ticket is $50 not $85 unless you dispute it in court and the judge rules against you. Next our city officials along with our great police chief discussed setting it at a minimum of 12 to 15 mph over the speed limit, which is more than enough. Moving on, I live in a neighborhood where people act like it's the Daytona 500 our wonderful officers do what they can but catching speeders is like a needle in a haystack unless you sit on top of them. So with that being said this camera sounds to me like more proficient law enforcement with an officer dedicated to traffic enforcement with this great tool. I don't want speeders in my neighborhood with my, and other kids playing outside. If your breaking the law then your breaking the LAW!!! Boo Hoo you got a ticket, slow down!! We ALL speed maybe this will save at least one life, and if so then in my book it's way!!! worth it!!
uuummmm

Kingsport, TN

#3 Apr 26, 2012
a speed camera is not different than the cameras in red lights that catch drivers running the light. its a risk, with consequences if you get caught. speeding and other traffic violations are breaking the law. that said, one traffic camera is not going to stop speeding overall as this camera is probably not going to be set up anywhere that won't make money. now, FYI, it might come to your hood for a day or so, to catch speeders or deter them. what do you think will happen after its moved? and yes, if one life is saved its worth any amount of tickets to speeders. but we need to stay grounded and remember this "public safety" device = "money". think about how many ppl have to get hurt before traffic lights are installed? how many accidents occured near the sav a lot and 411 in madisonville before that light got installed? if this camera jkeeps pple safe, ;its just a fringe benefit of revenue generated by tickets issued.
stuart1

Knoxville, TN

#4 Apr 26, 2012
i would like to say something if i may...... i think the speed cameras would be a good idea,but what is needed on MY street are SPEED BUMPS. i live a half block from the sweetwater jr. high school on cannon ave, and a lot of people that drive up and down this street are crazy. they drive on this street like its the daytona 500, and there are small children that play on the sidewalks and sometimes run out into the middle of the street without looking, and one day some little kid is gonna get killed because of the way some people drive on this street. the speed limit on this street is 30 mph,(15 mph when children are present), assuming thats for the letting out of school kids. i've seen vehicles traveling at LEAST 25-35 mph OVER that speed limit. maybe when a child is hit and killed will the city do something about it. PUT SPEED BUMPS ON THIS STREET !!! that should slow the vehicles down.
stuart1

Knoxville, TN

#5 Apr 26, 2012
even the school busses that go up and down on this street drive like maniacs. its a shame that this town cant spare one cruiser and one officer with a radar gun.....this street would be a gold mine for handing out speeding tickes, and maybe, just maybe if it got out that radar was set up on this street, it might slow some people down and possably save a childs life.
FYI

Knoxville, TN

#6 Apr 26, 2012
uuummmm wrote:
a speed camera is not different than the cameras in red lights that catch drivers running the light. its a risk, with consequences if you get caught. speeding and other traffic violations are breaking the law. that said, one traffic camera is not going to stop speeding overall as this camera is probably not going to be set up anywhere that won't make money. now, FYI, it might come to your hood for a day or so, to catch speeders or deter them. what do you think will happen after its moved? and yes, if one life is saved its worth any amount of tickets to speeders. but we need to stay grounded and remember this "public safety" device = "money". think about how many ppl have to get hurt before traffic lights are installed? how many accidents occured near the sav a lot and 411 in madisonville before that light got installed? if this camera jkeeps pple safe, ;its just a fringe benefit of revenue generated by tickets issued.
Your right it won't stay in place all the time but maybe those who are ticketed will remember the next time they drive down a certain street. And as far as the city making money from the tickets...who cares, again you break the law you break the law. And yes it is different from the red light cameras because the speed camera is required to be manned at all times by an officer so that it is constitutional. Because in order to be charged with a misdemeanor the crime has to be committed in an officers presence, with the exception of Domestic Assault. But at least your not against it and that's what's important. We need more people to be in support of programs like this so that our community will be a safer place to live.
stuart1

Knoxville, TN

#7 Apr 26, 2012
FYI, i agree with you 110%, but have you ever driven down cannon ave past the jr high school?, as i see your from sweetwater also. i would invite you to sit on my front porch and just watch the vehicles that go up and down this street, especually early in the mornings and late in the evenings and give me, or anyone else that would listen an opinion of what could be done to slow the traffic down on this street.
uuummmm

Kingsport, TN

#8 Apr 26, 2012
is the idea that the officer monitors the camera, as the camera records a vehicle's info, and links the info to the proper channels if a ticket is required? so the speeder just keeps speeding along, not being stopped, and sooner or later a ticket comes in the mail? if the officer leaves the station to catch/stop speeder, any other records of speeders uploaded by the camera would be invalid?
stuart1

Knoxville, TN

#9 Apr 26, 2012
ya know, i dont understand some of you people, here im talking about drivers going 25-35 mile an hour over the posted speed limit on a street with small childern playing with a school zone a half a block away and your worried about the legalities of a speed camera? ok, put the speed camera up, let it catch a speeder, send him a ticket in the mail, in the mean time he keeps speeding and possably kills someone by speeding thru a red light and broadsidding some unsuspecting motorist while his ticket is on its way in the mail to him. i guess thats ok.
FYI

Knoxville, TN

#10 Apr 27, 2012
uuummmm wrote:
is the idea that the officer monitors the camera, as the camera records a vehicle's info, and links the info to the proper channels if a ticket is required? so the speeder just keeps speeding along, not being stopped, and sooner or later a ticket comes in the mail? if the officer leaves the station to catch/stop speeder, any other records of speeders uploaded by the camera would be invalid?
Ok I can see your one of those people that would argue with a rock, so let me break it down. 1 officer stops a speeder, checks there information, then writes a citation. That would take at least 10 or more minutes, the camera in 10 minutes could issue 15 or more citations. So while that 1 officer stops that 1 violator 20 others pass the area! It's simply more proficient law enforcement in my opinion. And that's just one less thing of the ten million other things that our officers have to deal with each day. It's like everything else we have including our judicial system, it's not always perfect but it's the best there is. And again if you would have went to the workshop or even listened to me the first time, IT HAS TO BE MANNED!!!! If the officer leaves the area he will turn the machine off. That will be the officer's only job, the company who owns the camera pays the officers salary. So some speeders pay out money, maybe slows some people down, and the city gets some revenue, win, win, win.
stuart1

Knoxville, TN

#11 Apr 27, 2012
FYI...i read what you said and i agreed with you 110% on the camera thing, placed in high traffic areas and dangerous intersections would be a good thing, but on THIS street more is needed other than just a camera. it needs a cop sitting at a certain spot with a radar gun so they can catch EVERY PERSON that drives on this street at high speeds, and the more that are caught, maybe the town council will do something to make the people that drive down this street slow down.....thats all im saying. im not trying to argue the camera point, im saying the drivers on this street need to slow down before someone gets killed, and putting down speed bumps at the right places might work.
stuart1

Knoxville, TN

#12 Apr 27, 2012
ive found that the officers in this town do a great job, ive seen them patroling this street, which im glad to see them do, but, not often enough. i've had to call them a couple of times since living on this block and they came over within a matter of minutes. they were very professional in their actions, very polite, and genuinely concerned with what i had to say. let me give you an example.....about a week ago, my wife was mowing our back yard which butts up against a city right-of-way street. she found a syringe laying right at our property line while mowing. i told her not to touch it and i called the police and told them what my wife had found. they came right over and took that syringe away. how it got there i dont know, but im glad they came over and took it. think of what might have happened if a child found it and started playing with. but the officer was glad i had called them and was more than happy to remove it from where it was laying. its that kind of professionalizem thats needed by more officers in other communitites.
FYI

Knoxville, TN

#13 Apr 27, 2012
stuart1 wrote:
ive found that the officers in this town do a great job, ive seen them patroling this street, which im glad to see them do, but, not often enough. i've had to call them a couple of times since living on this block and they came over within a matter of minutes. they were very professional in their actions, very polite, and genuinely concerned with what i had to say. let me give you an example.....about a week ago, my wife was mowing our back yard which butts up against a city right-of-way street. she found a syringe laying right at our property line while mowing. i told her not to touch it and i called the police and told them what my wife had found. they came right over and took that syringe away. how it got there i dont know, but im glad they came over and took it. think of what might have happened if a child found it and started playing with. but the officer was glad i had called them and was more than happy to remove it from where it was laying. its that kind of professionalizem thats needed by more officers in other communitites.
Agreed!! Our officers are some of the most polite, and professional as they come. I wasn't disputing your points, I was actually replying to the other persons post. And I am familiar with Cannon Ave., have you called the Police Dept. and requested the speed trailer? I actually have and it did help to some degree, granted I believe ticketing will help better than any other method but it's a start. The Chief and officers were more than helpful!! And once they were aware of the speeding complaint they did stay in the area more when they were available. Again I'm just glad to see someone else wanting a safer neighborhood and that doesn't put our city and officers down, they do what they can when they can with what they are given. Kudos to you for wanting a better community. ; )
stuart1

Knoxville, TN

#14 Apr 27, 2012
@ FYI, thank you for your compliment, i apprecate that. im all for a safer neighborhood, i wasent aware that one of those devices COULD be asked for, i saw one on monroe street a couple of weeks ago and i thought they were simply put there by the police, now that i know this, i will see if i can have one placed on our street. the only problem will be, one has to be placed facing in one direction, and the other one has to be placed at the other end of the street facing the other direction to time the speeds in BOTH directions. ive lived on this block for going on 3 years now, and im telling you, that one day, some child is going to simply run out, or ride a bicycle into the middle of the street and someone is going to mow him/her down by the speeds that are traveled on this street. ive have already seen a few "close calls" where I've had to shout to a 4-5 year old child to get out of the street. i ride an antique motorcycle, its a 31 year old honda silverwing interstate cruiser, it looks like a baby goldwing, so im already aware of what safe streets are all about. i WILL contact our pd and talk with them about it. ty vm for that info.
truckin6969

Kingsport, TN

#15 Apr 27, 2012
FYI wrote:
<quoted text>
Ok I can see your one of those people that would argue with a rock, so let me break it down. 1 officer stops a speeder, checks there information, then writes a citation. That would take at least 10 or more minutes, the camera in 10 minutes could issue 15 or more citations. So while that 1 officer stops that 1 violator 20 others pass the area! It's simply more proficient law enforcement in my opinion. And that's just one less thing of the ten million other things that our officers have to deal with each day. It's like everything else we have including our judicial system, it's not always perfect but it's the best there is. And again if you would have went to the workshop or even listened to me the first time, IT HAS TO BE MANNED!!!! If the officer leaves the area he will turn the machine off. That will be the officer's only job, the company who owns the camera pays the officers salary. So some speeders pay out money, maybe slows some people down, and the city gets some revenue, win, win, win.
wish all i had to do was sitt around eatin my donuts drinking coffee with a gun on my hip and movies on my player watching a camera do all the wrk. you rlly think somone should get paidto do that? go back to yankee land
country gurl

Kingsport, TN

#16 Apr 27, 2012
the area around the jr hi is an undersirable neighborhood. anyone from s'water knows if you live there you should look at a better location. i live in the country where my kids have plenty of yard to play in and don't want to be out in the road. maybe ppl around there should watch their kids better. i am glad i made better choices and don't have to live in a hood with welfare apartments and nozy neighbors.
stuart1

Knoxville, TN

#17 Apr 27, 2012
@country gurl....there's nothing wrong with this neighborhood except the fact that ppl drive too fast on this street.

other than that, i have good neighbors, its nice, quiet, the street is very clean, the properties are well kept and the people in the "welfare" apartments are friendly, polite, always say "good morning" to you when they see you, and everyone minds their own business.

in the 3 years ive lived here,(as of this comming august), i have no complaints about anyone. true, as with any neighborhood with children, there's going to be some noise, but thats to be expected in any neighborhood where there are children.

i too have plenty of yard, its actually TOO big for just me and my wife. its 66'wide x 100' deep and its all lawn, and a nice 20'wide x 14' long cinder block garage that i rebuilt to house my antique motorcycle in and my workshop. in fact, im in the middle of putting up a nice size pool with a deck around it and a new deck off the rear of the house.

its a nice little house, 2 bdrm, 2 bthrm, one bedroom we turned into our "computer room".

i have NO complaints about this neighborhood other than what i stated in the first paragraph of this posting.
stuart1

Knoxville, TN

#18 Apr 27, 2012
unlike other areas here in sweetwater that ive driven thru, ie: the hospital, city hall, monroe street, main street, and in that area where homes are almost close enough to reach out your window and touch your neighbors house, we have plenty of "elbow" room here. no, i have no complaints about where we live.
FYI

Knoxville, TN

#19 Apr 27, 2012
truckin6969 wrote:
<quoted text>wish all i had to do was sitt around eatin my donuts drinking coffee with a gun on my hip and movies on my player watching a camera do all the wrk. you rlly think somone should get paidto do that? go back to yankee land
I was actually born and raised in Monroe County. I know that for the most part I use proper spelling and grammar in my sentences, sorry for any confusion that may have caused.
Sweetwater

Wilmington, NC

#20 Apr 27, 2012
@FYI... You are right I did not go to the meeting. I only commented of what was in the BUZZ article. If that is not true I apoligize. I can see if they are set 10 MPH over but if they are set as they are in Madisonville at 2 MPH over I do not see that as a safety issue.

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