Traffic-Light Cam Returning to Falls Church?
Better slow that car down, leadfoot. Remember those traffic-light cameras that used to be on Broad Street, one at Broad and Annandale, and one at Broad and Birch? Looks like they’re coming back. Last night the Falls Church City Council agreed to the first reading of an ordinance to reinstate them. (Not necessarily on Broad Street, mind you.)
Councilman David Snyder, speaking in favor of their installation, stated that cameras are a critical safety measure, that they help prevent accidents, and that they allow law enforcement officers to focus on more important activities.
An engineering safety analysis must be performed at an intersection before a camera is activated. Under Virginia Code, the maximum fine for a violation will be $50.
The vote to approve the first reading was 6-0. Vice Mayor Hal Lippman did not attend Monday night’s session.
A public hearing and second reading is scheduled for February 9. The motion to approve the ordinance:
By Stan Fendley, Falls Church City
January 27, 2009