How to Get Traffic Camera Video in Georgia
One of the most frustrating things about Georgia's extensive network of traffic cameras is that they do not record. That's right. After a serious accident, there is no way to go back and pull the tape on how the collision actually occurred. If you go to the Georgia DOT camera system page they proudly tell you:
"Do you record the traffic cameras? Can you send me a copy of the video that shows my accident?
No, we do not record any of the traffic cameras. We will not be able to provide any accident video."
Instead the Counties and the City of Atlanta waste thousands of dollars a year with cases pending in both the civil and criminal courts. Imagine how much more efficient fights with insurance companies would be if there were footage showing who merged into whose lane instead of making a jury sit through a swearing contest. The ultimate goal of the court system is the pursuit of justice and what better evidence leading to a just outcome is there than a video of the crash?
So what can you do if you cannot get traffic camera footage?
Private surveillance cameras do exist and those can be preserved. We frequently use ones from gas stations as do the insurance companies.
911 call logs will list all of the phone calls that have occurred around the time of the incident and there are sometimes key witnesses that can be found there that are not included on the police report.
The bottom line is the Georgia Department of Transportation does not record any of the camera footage but that does not mean that you can sit back after a crash. Critical evidence disappears with each passing day, so start the investigation quickly.