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The turnout at Gary Palmer’s Town Hall meeting geared to inform the public about the intricacies of red-light cameras indicated that implementation of the system is not as subject to opposition as readers of presstalk would think.

A gathering of only 10 concerned citizens and administrators appeared at the meeting.

The short attendance list included Palmer, Capt. Gordon Catlett of the Knoxville Police Department, Capt. Ben Harkins of the Knox County Sheriff’s Office, Alderman Tom Rosseel, town engineer Darryl Smith, two citizens and members of farragutpress.

Catlett showed actual red-light camera footage and fielded questions from the gallery and press, including issues presented by contributors to presstalk.

One issue was the citation issued to the owner of a vehicle that had committed an infraction, not the driver.

The short answer was that the owner of the vehicle had to have an affidavit signed by the perpetrator of the infraction and the citation issued to the vehicle owner would be voided and a new citation issued to the perpetrator.

How fair could a system be?

It is also important to note that red-light infractions are not considered moving violations; thus don’t generate points against driving records or affect insurance premiums.

Another opportunity to voice a pro or con opinion about the red-light system is scheduled for 6:30 p.m., April 30, at Town Hall.

Hopefully, the red-light system will get the green light and town of Farragut streets will be safer for all.

 

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