Fayetteville expands red light camera program to 8 intersections

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) – Fayetteville is expanding its red light camera safety camera program from three intersections to eight beginning next week, officials announced.

Phase two of the 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 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 intersections 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/Fort 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 locations:

  • Northbound Ramsey Street at Law Road
  • Northbound and Southbound S. Reilly Road at Kimridge Road
  • Southbound Skibo Road at Morganton Road

Signs will be in place at the new intersections to alert drivers to the use of red light cameras.

“Our goal is to change driver behavior. We want people to remember that running red lights is dangerous to themselves and to others,” said Interim Director of Engineering and Infrastructure Lee Jernigan. “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 violation occurs when a driver 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 to the city’s vendor, American Traffic Solutions.

If a citation is issued, the vehicle owner has 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. The office is located at 200 Dick St., Suite 200-A in Fayetteville.

Revenue from the fines will fund the program and provide additional revenue to Cumberland County schools.

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