The speed cameras along a portion of I-95 in Jasper County have caused a divide between lawmakers and some transportation officials. AAA Carolinas says the speed cameras off I-95 in Ridgeland are working, despite efforts by state lawmakers to have the cameras outlawed. South Carolina lawmakers say they violate state law and are unconstitutional.
However, according to multiple media outlets, since the cameras were installed about seven months ago, there has not been one traffic death or accident causing hospitalization. In the seven months before the cameras were installed, there were four fatal collisions, and nine accidents with serious injuries. Advocates say the cameras are a creative way to help solve traffic problems and violations in Jasper County.
Berkeley Senator Larry Grooms is sponsoring a bill that would make the town stop issuing tickets by camera and mail or pay a $500 fine per citation. It passed a committee last week.