Georgia City Finds Extra Second of Yellow Reduces Red-Light Violations

Georgia state law added one second to the duration of yellow lights in intersections equipped with red-light cameras.
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At the start of 2009, Georgia state law added one second to the duration of yellow lights in intersections equipped with red-light cameras.

But in Norcross, Ga., the extra second of yellow led to so much compliance with the law that the system is costing money instead providing revenue, according to a report on the traffic policy Web site thenewspaper.com.

So, the City Council voted Monday to end the program, run by LaserCraft Inc, a local company.

According to a memo from the local police chief posted by the Web site, the projected 80 percent reduction in violations would cost the city about $145,000 this year. He recommends spending the money on officers instead.

"We along with other jurisdictions have seen a significant decrease in citations,” the Norcross police chief told the city. “This will cause a shortfall in our budget for this program."

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