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Mayor Bottoms to host ceremony for initiative that reduces crime and traffic accidents

Gené Hunter

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(ATLANTA, Ga.) In an effort to decrease crime and vehicular crashes in high traffic areas, Mayor Keisha Lance-Bottoms created an initiative, “One Atlanta—Light Up the Night.”

To accomplish this mission, Bottoms partnered with Georgia Power to upgrade and expand the city’s footprint of streetlights. The initiative was brought to the public in July and Tuesday, the official unveiling will take place.

Bottoms and Atlanta City Councilmember Andrea Boone will host a ceremony celebrating the start of the citywide project.

The plan follows a six-month streetlight inventory and assessment conducted by the Atlanta Department of Transportation (ATLDOT) and a team of industrial engineering students at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech).

Throughout the course of the project, the city is expected to see 10,000 streetlights, resulting from studies by Georgia Tech, Georgia Power and City of Atlanta officials that showed a direct correlation between dark streets, crime and traffic crashes.

In November, during his run for mayor, Mayor-elect Andre Dickens introduced legislation to develop a street-lighting plan to increase safety in Atlanta neighborhoods. Dickens also supported adding more streetlights to reduce crime and traffic accidents across the metro area.

Georgia Power was appointed by city council leaders to pinpoint the location and quality of streetlights across Atlanta and it was found that nearly 50,000 streetlights were inaccurate or weren’t functioning properly.

The project is currently being funded by the Atlanta Department of Transportation’s budget, at a maximum cost of $2 million in the first year of the agreement, with the option to renew if needed.

The event will take place Tuesday, Dec. 14 at iVillage @MLK (Hamilton Holmes MARTA Station) at 11 a.m.

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