The Germantown Road Traffic Camera - And Response (2)

Saturday, July 26, 2014

I just finished reading an article regarding the speed “trap” (camera) on Germantown Road. 

Sounds like the city is real proud of itself for nabbing 17,549 (un)suspecting  speeders netting an average of 145 per day! Great for tourism!  I was one of those unsuspecting victims.  I say that because there was no previous warning to my knowledge of a pending “trap” to be set. 

I drive that route only on Monday nights to volunteer at a local animal shelter and was totally blindsided when I got the $50 ticket in the mail a week or two later. Of course I assumed it was my husband’s but later inspection revealed it was without a doubt mine!  And by the way, coming off the I-24 ramp in rush hour traffic does not allow for speed in excess of 30+ mph.

Nevertheless, I am hopeful that the money acquired can be used for the driver’s education program that was proposed and shot down by the county commission just a couple of months ago or even used towards education of some caliber. That would be the right thing to do!

If education is a priority for our city’s mayor, then maybe this is a starting point. Therefore if this is a way to bump up revenue for education, then please install more cameras! But please at least give us some prior warning.

Donna Horn
East Brainerd

* * *

Ms. Horn,

Just wanted to let you know that there is a large sign just before you get to the speed camera warning you of the speed camera. If you google "germantown road speed camera" you will see where every news station and print media did articles and news casts warning you of the cameras location and when they went into live action.

I am not sure what your reference to the I-24 off ramp speed at rush hour traffic has to do with the speed camera as the camera is several miles from that location. You have to be traveling south on Germantown Road coming from Brainerd Road heading toward I-24 to receive a ticket. Maybe you can look for the location on your way to volunteer this week.

Jarred Montieth
East Brainerd

* * *

The last time I checked, nobody is responsible for warning us to maintain a posted speed limit.  The signs are posted.  No forewarning is necessary.  If you get caught, admit your wrong doing, pay the ticket and slow down in the future.

I, too, hate those speed cameras, especially when I get caught by one.  But if the Chattanooga Police Department would make it a priority to set more speed traps on streets like Amnicola Highway, 153 and others like it, they could generate a lot of extra income and they might even save a few lives.

What a concept.
 
John Hunt

 


Memorial Auditorium Flag Disgrace

How can it be that Memorial Auditorium, which was built to honor soldiers and sailors, displays our country’s flag in such a disgraceful manner?  Out of six poles on the front of the building only two battered flags remain.  Additionally, two old banners are attached to the wall that have long ago faded and look like they’ve seen better days. This is not acceptable ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Buy Ping Golf Clubs

As we set the charcoal, ice the drinks and prepare for Memorial Day, the first thing on my mind is to ask any golfers within my reach to consider buying and playing with Ping-brand golf clubs. Pings are made in America but there is a little something else you need to know, as told in an email I received earlier this week. I regret I do not know the author: * * * “On Monday, ... (click for more)

Woman, 25, Dies From Wreck On Barton Avenue

A 25-year-old woman has died from injuries received in a head-on accident on Barton Avenue in North Chattanooga on Saturday. The victim was Stephanie Kilburn . At approximately 2:25 p.m. , the Chattanooga Police Department responded to 800 Barton Ave. on an accident with injuries. V ehicle 1 was traveling southbound on Barton Avenue and failed to stop at a stop ... (click for more)

City Seeking Grant To Improve Signals At 32 Intersections

The city is seeking a $2 million federal grant to go along with $500,000 in city funds for a project to improve signals at 32 intersections. There would also be bike and pedestrian improvements. The routes include Brainerd Road, Lee Highway, Shallowford Road, Gunbarrel Road and Hamilton Place Boulevard. The application is for a Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Grant. (click for more)

Gilpin, Stocks Victorious In Chattanooga Chase 8K

John Gilpin has done plenty of training in North Chattanooga and is very familiar with the Chattanooga Chase and the series of hills the oldest race in Chattanooga is known for. Jennifer Stocks has done more than her share of workouts on those roads, so she was fully aware of the challenge she faced when the starting horn sounded. Both were overall winners in this unique 8K ... (click for more)

Golf and Chattanooga Have Lost Another Oehmig

  It was a classic Father’ Day golf picture. No, not Jack and Arnie and their kids relaxing at Augusta National with the Dogwoods blooming. But the Oehmig men – Lew, the family patriarch, with his youngest son, King, and his then two grade school age sons Henry and John, all crowded into, what else, a golf cart and donning that Oehmig glasses look – round, turtle shell-colored ... (click for more)