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Board reviews Redflex proposal


Farragut’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen discussed a possible contract for automated enforcement intersections at its meeting Thursday, Jan. 26.

Redflex, former automated enforcement provider for the City of Knoxville, was selected from a pool of four candidates in 2008. A Town committee has been negotiating a contract with Redflex, which was presented to the Board for questions.

Vice Mayor J. Michael Haynes asked why all four approaches at key intersections were not being monitored.

“If you do two approaches, the two you think are most highly traveled, that have the biggest problems, the fact those cameras are there affects traffic going the perpendicular way,” Town attorney Tom Hale said.


“So it’s excessive to have four,” he added, although if violations continued, all four cameras could be installed.

The recommendation to monitor only two approaches at Kingston Pike and Campbell Station Road, and only one at Campbell Station and Parkside Drive/Grigsby Chapel Road came from Redflex.

“I don’t know why we defer to them on something we think is a safety issue,” Haynes said.

Capt. Ben Harkins, Knox County Sheriff’s Office liaison to Farragut, said very few intersections in Knoxville had all four approaches monitored.

He also said the limited approaches were just a first step — Redflex installed cameras incrementally; not all at once.

“They’ve done this a lot of places … they did have rationale for doing this in steps,” Hale said.

“I think this is a good start,” Harkins said.

Regardless, the Board asked that three of the four intersections under study be amended to show cameras at all four approaches. Kingston Pike at Smith Road will only have two monitored approaches: east- and westbound on Kingston Pike.

“If the whole goal here is to change driver habits and mentality, you don’t want there to be open questions when they’re coming through the intersection,” Haynes said.

Next, the Board discussed the payment tiers, in which Redflex and the Town split revenues generated from the $50 citations.

In tier 1, if only 1 to 100 citations are paid in a month, the Town is paid only $11.50 of the ticket. In tier 2, with 101-150 citations paid per month, the Town is paid $25 per ticket.

In tier 3, with more than 151 citations paid per month, Town is paid $32 per ticket.

According to interim Town administrator Gary Palmer, those numbers are Redflex’s standard tiers.

Harkins pointed out that, while Redflex was no longer the supplier in Knoxville, it was working with Oak Ridge, where it had a customer service center Farragut drivers could visit.

Redflex also will provide a kiosk at Town Hall where those without computers or Internet access can view their violations.

Mayor Eddy Ford asked that a contract with KCSO be prepared simultaneously, so by the time the Redflex contract was approved and cameras began going up, officers would be available to issue citations.

No action was taken; the contract will be brought before the Board again after it has been renegotiated.

 

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