Smile for the cameras!

It’s amazing the things one notices when you’re supposed to be paying close attention to the car in front of you.
So, I’m driving down Lenox towards the Buckhead Loop. I get stuck behind a dump truck thus missing the opportunity to run the red light. So I am fuming – this is clearly going to add an additional 2.3 minutes to my commute into work. HMMMPH. In an act of defiance against “Da Man” (in the dump truck) – I pulled along side the truck, as I started to roll my window down (giving the appearance that I was gonna give him a piece of my mind) I noticed 2 or 3 cameras pointed towards my car, immediately after that I noticed the big red “hey, there’s a camera here so don’t run the light” sign ….There are RED LIGHT CAMERAS AT PEACHTREE AND LENOX!!!!. Thank You Mr. Dump Truck guy – you saved me a ticket!

It’s interesting how there haven’t been any reports on this besides this in the City Newsbytes newsletter…OR did I miss something? Are they even operational? How much is the fine? Can a sista get a warning the next time y’all do something like this?

4 Comments so far

  1. Tony Mc (unregistered) on October 12th, 2005 @ 11:43 pm

    Yeah, I noticed those about 10 days ago before they were in use. As much noise as was made about the ones in Cobb and Gwinnett, you’d think that the local news would have done one story about the cameras just to help fill out the hour of dull ass news.

  2. shelbinator (unregistered) on October 13th, 2005 @ 9:29 am

    All I can really say without being too obnoxious is THANK F’ING GOD. The way people run red lights in this town is getting bloody ridiculous. It’s one thing to kiss the roof of your car as yellow goes to red just as you zip through the intersection 15mph over the 35mph speed limit, but up and down Peachtree as I commute around Midtown every day, I’m actually starting INTO the intersection on MY F’ING GREEN when some a-hole flies across and almost kills me. I had a very close call the other day that has finalized my plans to put my engineering degrees to some practical use and devise some sort of golf-ball launching cannons on either side of my front tire. I’m hoping the resounding “ker-thonk” on their rear quarter panel will give a lousy driver enough of an adrenaline rush thinking that maybe they actually HIT me that they’ll think twice about it and shove that 2.3 minutes saved right back up their ass.

    But yeah I’d hate for you to get a ticket. My goodness.

  3. Bill (unregistered) on October 13th, 2005 @ 12:24 pm

    I received an email from the Atlanta Bicycling Campaign in July about it. Not sure how much publicity it received. Here’s the link to the press release.

  4. Tony Mc (unregistered) on October 13th, 2005 @ 12:52 pm

    Guess I should have amended my post by stating that I support the cameras at that intersection and any other busy intersection. Yellow lights and just turning red lights do not exist in most drivers eyes. I am trying to get in the habit of stopping on yellow not gassing it on yellow.

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