Morristown drivers caught off-guard by new traffic camera locations

MORRISTOWN, Tenn. (WVLT) -- The city of Morristown moved two of its traffic cameras earlier this year and hundreds of drivers are getting caught by surprise.

Trenia Johnson was cruising down Highway 25E last week when she saw the flash.

"I didn't know it was there until I got the ticket in the mail," she said.

She's not alone.

Since July 22, when these two traffic cameras went live in their new locations, 1,960 other speeders got tickets, according to Morristown Police. The other four cameras around the city, the one's that haven't moved, only snapped 169 drivers during that same time.

Johnson claims she was only going five miles over the speed limit.

"If it's gonna help catch people who are going 20 miles over the speed limit, OK great. But five miles over is ridiculous," she said.

While drivers who've been caught aren't happy about paying the $50 fine, others feel the traffic cameras are needed on this very busy highway.

"I think we need more of them. People are getting killed," driver Jerry Middleton said.

"[Speeding has] actually gone down, like way down. You can see people's break lights and stuff," driver Jacob Pickle said.

But until all drivers get the memo that the cameras are now here on Highway 25E and Highway 160, city hall is getting a revenue boom.

The government's cut of the citations just this month from these two cameras is more than $70,000.

But drivers aren't too impressed

"I think it's kinda pointless really, I mean there's a speed limit sign right there. So if you can go by a speed limit, I don't think they need a traffic camera right there," Pickle said.

"I'm not very happy with this camera right now," Johnson said.

The speed limit on the stretches of road by these new cameras is 55 miles per hour. But in the first month, Morristown Police say the cameras caught four drivers going more than 100.


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