I-95 cameras snap speeders, spark controversy

 RIDGELAND, SC (AP) - Cameras along Interstate 95 in southeastern South Carolina are nabbing motorists speeding down the highway and creating a lot of controversy.

The cameras along a 7-mile stretch through the town of Ridgeland are the only ones on the open road along I-95, which runs for nearly 2,000 miles from Canada to Miami. There's also a camera in Maryland, but it's in a work zone.

The cameras in Ridgeland have spotted thousands of speeding motorists and won accolades from highway safety advocates. But they've also attracted opposition from state lawmakers and sparked a federal court challenge.

Ridgeland Mayor Gary Hodges says the cameras are slowing people down and reducing accidents.

Speed cameras are used on other roads and highways in 14 states and the District of Columbia.

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