Tennessee: Bluff City speed cameras’ shutdown to create revenue hole – mayor says safety was main priority

Bluff City, Tenn.’s speed cameras will shut down Jan. 7 after generating millions of dollars for the town since their debut in 2010.

A state law that went into effect in 2015 spelled the eventual end of such cameras, other than in school zones. Bluff City’s contract with American Traffic Solutions (ATS), the camera provider, ends next month. Mayor Irene Wells said the company has 45 days to remove its infrastructure after the cameras — one facing each direction on U.S. Highway 11-E near its intersection with Poplar Ridge Road — are turned off.

Wells said motorists can expect stepped up enforcement in the 45-mile-per-hour zone by town police. “The thing that really concerns us is the safety of the citizens, so they will be checking the speed more often than they were before, especially in that specific area.”