No To Electronic Tickets

Thursday, February 20, 2014

No to electronic tickets and here's why. 

1st - A ticket is a ticket. There's not a municipality in our county that has support for ticket cameras with their citizens. East Ridge businesses fought to keep the cameras out. Red Bank citizens made their feelings clear and voted new officials in that disconnected their cameras. As citizens we have the right to face our accuser. We've made it clear, we do not want traffic cameras or lasers.  

2nd - Politicians, like Sheriff Hammond, argue a patrol car sitting and operating a laser ticket machine would reduce speeders. I believe a patrol car sitting or patrolling that street will reduce speeders. Ask yourself a question. If you are speeding and pass a patrol car are you going to think 'is that officer running a laser machine?' Or are you going to think 'is that officer about to pull me over?' Either way, it is very likely you'll reduce your speed.

I've written tickets on Fairview Road attempting to make it safer. There are two lane roads that are dangerous. People do speed but a police presence greatly diminishes that.

3rd - Officers need more contact with citizens not less. A laser machine doesn't know you're speeding because your wife is in labor. It doesn't know you're trying to get to your children. An officer can speak to you and perhaps lend assistance to you and your family.

4th - Many criminals have been arrested due to a traffic stop.  Fugitives and drug smugglers aren't found by running a laser. Real police work produces real results. Traffic stops work. 

So, I disagree with the current sheriff. I disagree with laser produced tickets.

Only two candidates are running for sheriff; myself and the incumbent. We are running in the Republican primary and whichever candidate wins that race will be your sheriff.

If elected as your sheriff I, Chris Harvey, will not have these lasers as apart of the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office. Vote in the Republican primary and vote for change. Vote Chris Harvey.

Chris Harvey

Discrepancies About The Power Uprate At Browns Ferry

Some facts regarding the power uprate at Browns Ferry to share with the Scottsboro Environmental group opposing the uprate:  1.  The reactor does not run at a higher temperature due to the uprate.  There is simply more flow of feedwater, thus more steam.  So the concern about higher temperatures is unwarranted.   2.  The change in the fuel was ... (click for more)

We Lost A Great Broadcaster In Jack Hatcher

This past week we lost another great broadcaster, Jack Wright Hatcher Sr.   I worked with Jack in the 60’s and 70’s.   Jack always would tell you what he thought.   Most of his thoughts were very conservative.   He was a trivia expert.   He could tell you just about any hit record from the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s.   He also knew who starred in ... (click for more)

Family Forced From Home After Storm Blows Tree Down

As a severe thunderstorm blew through the Chattanooga area Sunday afternoon, high winds knocked down a large tree onto a house around  4 p.m.  at 1105 E. 13th Street. Captain David Thompson, Jr. said no one was injured, but the damage was severe enough that the family would have to stay elsewhere  tonight . Volunteers with the American Red Cross of Southeast ... (click for more)

Michael Wilson Back In Bradley County; Due In Court On Monday

Michael Wilson is back in Bradley County, and was escorted into the Correctional Facility around 8:15 p.m. Wilson’s first appearance in court will be on Monday, at 9 a.m. in the Bradley County General Sessions Courtroom at the Judicial Complex at 2290 Blythe Ave. Wilson was arrested last week, after e ndangered Bradley County child Skyla Wilson was found safe in Colorado ... (click for more)

Lookouts' Bullpen Failure Leads To Come-From-Behind Win For Suns Sunday

The Lookouts were in control of  Sunday  afternoon's game up until the eighth and ninth inning when the M-Braves scored three runs to beat Chattanooga, 5-4. Chattanooga's offense jumped out to an early lead after being sparked by leadoff hitter Zach Granite. Granite started the home half of the first with a base hit to right field, danced on and off of first base ... (click for more)

Mocs Volleyball Sweeps Chattanooga Classic

The Chattanooga Mocs volleyball team completed their fourth 3-0 sweep of the weekend on Sunday afternoon against California State at Fullerton as part of the Chattanooga Classic – presented by Hampton Inn & Suites - held in Maclellan Gym. The Mocs came out swinging by winning the first set 25-11 and then went on to win 25-18 and 25-17 in sets two and three, respectively. ... (click for more)