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City Council Approves Traffic Camera Contract With Altumint

Niceville City Council's approval of Altumint speed cameras near schools aims to enhance safety at no cost to the city.

The Niceville City Council approved the installation of Altumint speed cameras near local schools. City Manager David Deitch advocated for the installation of the cameras as a cost-free (to the city) way to reduce the amount of speeding taking place near Niceville High, Ruckel Middle and Edge Elementary Schools.  

“I think we’ve gotten it to the point where it’s appropriate and beneficial to the city to enter into this contract,” Deitch told the city council. 

The camera company contract lasts five years and can be extended by two three-year terms. Altumint charges the city $28,000 in rent for the camera systems, which Deitch says speeders will cover. Altumint will also remit the revenues belonging to the state on behalf of the city. 

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In past meetings, Deitch has told the council the speed cameras will only issue traffic tickets to drivers if they are above a threshold that is already higher than the posted speed limit. 

RELATED: City Council Approves School Zone Speeding Plan

The council or the city can terminate the contract anytime for convenience. 

Deitch told the council he plans to report to them every month concerning the cameras’ progress in reducing speeds along the roads next to schools in Niceville city limits. 

More About Altumint

Altumint is a Maryland-based company founded in 2005 that “transforms the way we approach transportation management to ensure safer roads for everyone,” according to their website. They “engineer, manufacture, and support a visual technology system and citation process using artificial intelligence to capture data on vehicles and people who break the law. We add support and resources for law enforcement to monitor speeding in school zones, work zones, or other areas of concern, running red lights or school bus stop arms, and thefts or altercations—anything compromising community safety.”

Holly Cooper operates Altumint as the company’s CEO. She has led the team for the last year and a half. 

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