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Fayetteville Expands Red-Light Safety Camera Program, Launches Warning Phase
(Fayetteville, N.C.) — The City of Fayetteville is expanding its red-light safety camera program from three to eight intersections beginning next week. Phase two of the city’s red-light safety camera program will start with a seven-day warning phase.
Beginning on Oct. 6 at noon, any violations caught on camera at the new locations will result in a warning notice being sent to the offending vehicle’s owner. Fines are not levied during this introductory phase. With the start of the citation phase on Oct. 13 at noon, violations could result in a citation and a $100 fine.
In total, six new cameras will be installed at the intersection approaches listed here:
- Northbound Reilly Road at Morganton Road
- Northbound and southbound Skibo Road at Yadkin Road/McPherson Church Road
- Northbound Yadkin Road at Santa Fe Drive
- Eastbound Raeford Road at Bunce Road
- Northbound Bragg Blvd at Cain Road/Ft. Bragg Road
The expansion brings the number of red-light safety cameras to 10 at eight intersections. Cameras are currently in operation at the following approaches:
- Northbound Ramsey Street at Law Road
- Northbound and Southbound S. Reilly Road at Kimridge Road
- Southbound Skibo Road at Morganton Road
As is the case at the city’s current red-light safety camera locations, signs will be in place at the new intersections to alert drivers to the use of photo enforcement equipment ahead.
“Our goal is to change driver behavior. We want people to remember that running red lights is dangerous to themselves and to others,” said Lee Jernigan, Interim Director of Engineering and Infrastructure. “We issue an average of 32 red light citations per day; I’d rather it be zero. That is a lot of potential accidents and injuries. If this program saves lives and makes our roads safer then we have achieved success.”
A red-light running violation occurs when a motorist enters an intersection after the traffic signal has turned red. When this happens, red-light safety cameras capture still images and video of the event. These images along with data showing the date, time, location and other information necessary for a complete evidence package are then transferred securely and wirelessly to the city’s vendor, American Traffic Solutions.
To view video that serves as a chilling reminder of the dangers that red-light runners present view the City of Fayetteville’s red-light running video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J8aUCluivvQ
If a citation is issued, the vehicle owner will have the option to dispute the violation, transfer the liability for the incident or pay the fine either online, over the phone, by mail or in person at the local ATS office, 200 Dick Street, Suite 200-A in Fayetteville. Revenue from red-light running fines will fund the program and provide additional revenue to Cumberland County schools.
City traffic engineers, police personnel and the city manager analyzed and selected all of Fayetteville’s red-light safety camera locations for optimal safety results.