Greenville begins seeking approval for red light cameras

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Greenville city leaders will begin seeking approval to install red light cameras at five intersections.

Appearing before the City Council on Monday night, Police Chief Mark Holtzman said the city will need support from the General Assembly, the Pitt County Board of Education, Pitt County commissioners and the council before installing the cameras.

State law requires a local school system to receive all profits from the fines.

Chief Holtzman said the fines will pay for the cost of the system.

Over the past several weeks, WNCT has reported on the Greenville Police Department stepping up enforcement at red lights.

The proposed locations for cameras are the following intersections: Charles St and 14th St, Memorial Rd and Arlington Blvd, Greenville Blvd and Arlington Blvd, Arlington Blvd and Fire Tower Rd, and Charles Rd and Fire Tower Rd.

“Those five intersections would be the highest crash-related locations that relate to red light camera crashes,” Chief Holtzman said. “So in other words, somebody turning left in front of another person or a direct right angle collision that would both be related to running a red light.”

Chief Holtzman will present his proposal to the Pitt County Board of Education on March 21, and the City Council will vote on a resolution this Thursday to seek approval for red light cameras from the General Assembly.

It could take six months to more than a year to get the cameras installed at intersections.

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