GPD wants to clear up confusion over proposed red light cameras

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Greenville Police want to clear up any confusion about their proposed red light camera plan before a public meeting is held to discuss the idea Monday.

The Pitt County Board of Education is the only remaining group that needs to approve the plan before it heads to state lawmakers. During the board’s April meeting, they voted to table the red light camera idea until a public meeting could be held.

That meeting is now scheduled for Monday May 2nd at 5:30 p.m. at the board of education.

One of the concerns brought up by board members is what happens when someone else is driving your car and they run a red light.

“It’s a transfer of liability,” said Greenville Police Chief Mark Holtzman. “Simply go download a form off our website, or get a hold of us, we can give you a form. You fill out who was driving your car, give that to the police department, and then the transfer of liability, or responsibility, goes to that person.”

Another concern was putting the responsibility of giving out tickets to a machine. Holtzman said any ticket would be reviewed by a trained officer before being sent out. He also said they would follow a strict policy to determine who would get a ticket.

“It has to take two pictures of your car. The first one before you enter the intersection and it has to show the light being red in that picture, and the second one would be your vehicle in the intersection,” Holtzman said.

The proposed plan would be to install the cameras at five intersections to begin with: Arlington/Firetower Rd., Arlington/Greenville Blvd., Arlington/Memorial Dr., Charles Blvd/Firetower Rd., and Charles Blvd./14th St.

The city would lease the cameras for around $4,500 each month. The money raised through the tickets would go to cover the operating cost. The additional money after that would all go to the county schools.

Hotzman said the fine for running the red would be $50 plus $188 court costs.

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