Red light cameras one step closer to becoming reality in Greenville

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Red light camera systems are one step closer to being implemented in Greenville.

The Pitt County Board of Education voted 6 to 3 Monday night to support the Greenville Police initiative. It also cleared Greenville City Council and the Pitt County Board of Commissioners. Now it heads to the state legislature for final approval to put in up to 5 camera systems.

Before the vote, the board held a public hearing where most people were in favor of the cameras, like Pitt County teacher Emily Klinedinst.

“The city is providing an opportunity to help access funds to help support projects like technology replacement. Therefore there’s no reason to vote against the city providing funds that will help solve our problems,” Klinedinst said.

Others were against the proposal, questioning things like yellow light timing and effectiveness.

“This solution may not be worth the sacrifice we are making in privacy. The last time we tried this, we stopped it,”said Don Cavellini, co-chair of Pitt County’s Coalition against Racism.

The Police Department hopes the General Assembly will act on the proposal during its current short session. If not they will continue to pursue it in the next full session.

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