Traffic video, photo surveillance approved for use in Suffolk

Published 3:32 pm Thursday, March 16, 2023

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An ordinance approved Wednesday night allows use of photo and video monitoring traffic enforcement in Suffolk.

City Council voted to amend the city code during its March 15 meeting to allow installation and use of the cameras.

City Manager Albert S. Moor provided an overview of the ordinance at an earlier public hearing.

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“At your March 1st regular session, the director of public works presented the proposed implementation of red light, work zone, school zone and school bus camera systems,” Moor detailed. “The ordinance amends Chapter 86, Article 5 of the City Code by adding division 4, Sections 86-317, 86-318, and 86-319 to allow for photo and video monitoring traffic enforcement.”

The amendment adds three sections to the city code allowing:

  • Use of photo-monitoring systems to enforce traffic lights signals
  • Use of photo-monitoring systems to enforce speed limits in highway work zones and school crossing zones
  • Use of video-monitoring systems in or on school buses.” (Sec. 86-319)

Council approved the changes on a unanimous 8-0 vote.