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More than 400 “Redspeed” tickets mailed out

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A total of 434 traffic tickets were mailed out during the first month-and-a-half of the “RedSpeed” traffic safety initiative along Elbert Street through Georgia Military College, according to the Milledgeville Police Department’s data.

RedSpeed, the company that installed the cameras and spent all of the money on the infrastructure, is responsible for documenting the speeding incidents and mailing out the citations, while the MPD is its partner. The revenue split is 65 percent for the MPD and 35 percent for RedSpeed.

The fine is $75 for the first ticket and $125 for each additional ticket. Doing some rough projections, if every ticket issued so far was a “first citation,” that would equal $32,550 total, or $21,157.50 for the MPD and $11,392.50 for RedSpeed. The revenue generated by the MPD, however, “can only be spent on new police equipment or for school safety programs,” Chief Dray Swicord previously said. This, theoretically, would include school assemblies focusing on driving safety and other brochures and literature.

The most egregious infraction was a motorist who was clocked doing 67 miles per hour through the GMC school zone during school hours, according to the data.

The project had been more than two years in the making, although the system finally became operational on March 8. The “grace period” then ended on April 12, when the first citations were recorded

Also of note, The RedSpeed citations will not cause drivers “to lose points on their licenses.”

“It’s simply a civil summons against the owner of the vehicle,” the chief added.