|Published: 8:41 AM, 12/27/2012
Author: Michael Thomason
Source: The Monroe County Advocate
MADISONVILLE-While six months probably
isn't enough time to get a full reading of how effective the
Madisonville Police Department's speed camera is, it has shown one
thing. Madisonville residents are paying attention.
"Of the tickets that are being
written by the camera now," Madisonville Police Chief Gregg
Breeden said, "80 percent of them are written to
non-Madisonville addresses. And that's all Madisonville addresses,
not just the ones in town. People who live here are aware of the
camera and know to slow down when they see the sign saying it's on
the side of the road."
Since the camera went into use in
April, 2778 tickets have been written. Only 65 of those have been
tossed out, usually because the picture of the tag was obscured.
"People usually know what they
did," Breeden said. "They'll complain about the ticket, but
it's very rare that they contest it."
The tickets are $50 each, but aren't
put on your insurance record. So far, the city's share of the tickets
has brought in $52,646, leading some to claim the camera is nothing
more than a money grab by the town.
See full story in the Wednesday, Dec. 26, edition of The Advocate & Democrat.
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