Cameras still used by SC town to nab I-95 speeders

Ridgeland, SC - SOUTH CAROLINA (AP) - You may not want to smile, but if you're speeding along a stretch of Interstate 95 in southern South Carolina you may be on camera.

The Beaufort Gazette reports the town of Ridgeland is still using automated cameras to catch speeders, despite a state law that says tickets based only on photographic evidence must be issued in person.

Police in the town about 20 miles from the Georgia-South Carolina state line sit in a recreational vehicle watching computer monitors relay information from cameras and radar.

If a driver is doing over 80 mph, the camera snaps a picture of the driver and the vehicle's plate and a ticket is mailed. Ridgeland Mayor Gary Hodges says since an officer is monitoring the system, tickets aren't based only on photographic evidence.

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