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Hardin considers ‘eye-in-the-sky’ traffic system

By Shawn Roney/For The Richmond News

Hardin might soon join those communities that use eye-in-the-sky camera and radar systems to help enforce traffic laws.

At its monthly meeting at Hardin City Hall Nov. 19, the Board of Alderman gave Chief Ted Kuhlman permission to invite a representative from Optotraffic to speak to the board during its Dec. 17 meeting. According to its Web site, www.optotraffic.com, a Maryland-headquartered company, offers camera and radar systems to monitor roadways for traffic violations such as speeding and failure to stop for red lights. On most of the systems the company offers, the monitoring equipment is on a pole above the roadway.

“We don’t have … a lot of traffic,” Kuhlman said. “But it doesn’t cost us anything to do it.”

According to Kuhlman, Optotraffic generates its revenue by collecting “a portion” of the fines from the citations a city or county issues. For example, a $50 fine would be split 60-40, with $30 going to the city and $20 going to optotraffic, he said.

 

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