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First in Georgia: Computers tell drivers when to stop and save you money



If you drive in Columbia County, a computer decides when you get a red or green light. And it’s likely saving you time and money.

Columbia County was the first in Georgia to install an innovative network that links all of the suburban county’s 78 intersections with traffic lights to a county com...

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  1. Richmond County has a traffic camera system with no data storage backup. They have no way to review an accident at a particular intersection which may in most cases determine who was at fault. The backup storage is “too expensive” and someone would have to monitor the cameras. This is where ARC should put their money rather than $240k for LED lights at tennis courts rarely used.

  2. This IN/System System is great. Don’t you hate it when you’re approaching a green light and it turns red for no apparent reason. It happens all the time in Richmond County. Think of all the gas and time that could be saved. But R/C would rather wast our money on unrealistic pay raises for their minority officials.

  3. I only have one issue and it isn’t the computers fault. It is people looking at their phones or daydreaming when a short interval turn arrow comes on. If they would anticipate and move as soon as the light changes,and those in line would do the same, everyone in the queue could get through. But NOOOO!!!! they have to drag a** along with the car in front of them 50 yards ahead and the last two or three cars in the turn lane get stuck through another light cycle.

    • Thomas….you are exactly, undeniably, absolutely, 100% correct!! I understand people waiting for 2 seconds to make sure the lane is clear, BUT when the car waits 10-12 seconds?!?!? That is just incompetent.

      • As I drive around Columbia County, I find this works well except at the intersection of Belair Rd. and Owens/Cox Roads. The light allows at least 30 vehicles to go through on Belair heading toward Washington Rd. And turning onto Cox Rd but, when the light finally turns green for those of us heading toward Columbia Rd, maybe 6 vehicles get through before the light turns red, and there are vehicles lined up as far as you can see. I have had to sit through 4 cycles before getting through this light in the afternoon!

  4. What happens when it looks like someone is reaching for something out of the glove box and instead of a gun it’s their registration? If the deputy comes to the car with a gun in his hand because of what someone thinks they saw, that won’t be very pleasant! I suggest they also change the light to go right to Red from Green. No yellow. That way, people will be running Red lights right and left and they will be able to pay for MORE of these cameras! Hello Big Brother!

  5. On the surface this is great for traffic control, but it is definitely the real time google maps of CC and a great way to slow down or track a “Person of Interest”. Monitored Cameras for policing can be misleading without audio.

  6. Please look at the following intersections:
    1. Washington Road at Bobby Jones. Making a left from Washington Road onto Bobby Jones is awful. [Intersection at Stanton Optical / Walgreen / Oreily Auto Parts / Discount Tire] The light only lets about eight cars go and the lane is usually backed up with 15 or more cars. Due to this…. several people will just run the red light to make that left.
    2. River Watch where it ends in Evans in front of the McDonalds. Making a left at that light is impeded by the huge and long concrete median. If there are about seven cars in the left turn lane….. the line of cars will physically prohibit cars to be in the neighboring lane to go straight. Remove some of that concrete median so more cars can get into the left turn lane…. and not block the ‘go straight’ lane.
    3. Lights at Pleasant Home and Washington Road do not seem to be properly sequenced. If you are on Pleasant Home crossing straight over to go to River Watch…. the light will cycle once or twice…. before letting you go straight.

    Thanks. At the end of the day we have to continuously look for ways to improve traffic flow in Columbia County; it is a problem!

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