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|Cameras installed in Vidalia stoplights|
Wireless cameras will be installed at stoplights on Carter Street in Vidalia for surveillance and traffic accident review.
Vidalia Mayor Hyram Copeland said the city will soon be receiving bids on the cameras and is applying for Red River Delta Grants and federal grants to pay for them.
"We hope to have them up within the next 90 to 120 days," Copeland said.
Vidalia Police Chief Ronnie "Tapper" Hendricks said the cameras will be beneficial to his department.
"Five years ago they put a camera system in at the Riverfront and two years ago it stopped working because a fiberoptic line was cut," Hendricks said. "The administration repaired that system and the cameras are rolling again. What we're doing is getting the cameras to hook up to the system already in place. We'll also put cameras in the patrol cars."
Hendricks said the cameras are for safety and protection.
"This is for our people," he said. "It's like we'll have extra set of eyes out there."
Hendricks said he will have access to the cameras from his office, home and even when he is off on a business trip.
"All I have to do is pull up my laptop and see all the cameras through Vidalia," he said.
Hendricks said the cameras are different from cameras which take pictures of cars running lights and having their plates tagged.
"Although that is something we might look at in the future," he added.
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