Gwinnett renews contract for red light cameras

Smile. Red light cameras will continue snapping at several Gwinnett intersections. The Board of Commissioners Tuesday approved a new contract with American Traffic Solutions, Inc. of Scottsdale, Ariz., for $140,533.

The company installed the existing systems at Jimmy Carter Boulevard and Singleton Road in 2005, Mall of Georgia Boulevard at Buford Drive in 2008 and at Steve Reynolds Boulevard at Beaver Ruin Road in 2009.

Gwinnett Police Chief Charles Walters said red light cameras have proven effective in reducing serious accidents at problem intersections. The three cameras are expected to more than cover their cost of operation by bringing in as much as $300,000 in revenue this year.

“Public safety is far more important than the revenue,” Walters said. “Protecting lives is our main priority.”

Police spokesman David Schiralli said there were 51 fatal traffic accidents in the county last year and estimated that 35 to 40 percent of those deaths could have been avoided if drivers had been wearing seat belts or using properly installed child seats.