Community concerned, but no traffic cameras planned at fort

By WESLEY BROWN | The Augusta (Ga.) Chronicle | Published: April 2, 2014

After reviewing a request by community members for traffic cameras on post, Fort Gordon leadership said that it has no plans to equip its roadways with video devices that snap photos of speeding motorists.

“Based on current policy, legal and practical constraints, the implementation of such cameras on Fort Gordon would likely be inefficient in multiple respects,” spokesman J.C. Mathews said. “We will continue to actively enforce speed limits on all areas of the installation.”

Mathews said traffic investigators with Fort Gordon’s Law Enforcement Center regularly perform selective speed enforcement in various areas on post and are issuing a large number of citations per month for speeding.

From April 1, 2012 to March 31, 2013 – the latest data available – 1,651 speeding citations were issued at Fort Gordon, 75 percent for motorists travelling between 5 and 15 mph over the speed limit.

Mathews said the post’s 24 law enforcement officers qualified to perform radar operations have collectively averaged 180 to 200 traffic citations monthly this year.

During a virtual town hall in March, Fort Gordon community members complained of a “minority of people who greatly exceed the speed limits” on main roads and in housing areas.

Mathews said problem areas have been identified and speeding enforcement campaigns have been focused on post around family housing areas and primary roads, such as Chamberlain Avenue, Avenue of the States and Kilbourne Avenue.

“We will continue to use all the tools at our disposal to ensure the safety of our community,” Mathews said.


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