Greenville red light camera program begins

Greenville, NC – The city of Greenville is nearing the launch date for its Red-Light Safety Camera Program and is notifying residents that the program will begin with a month-long warning period to help drivers adjust to the traffic enforcement change.

The warning period will begin this Sunday, October 15 when red-light cameras will be in operation at five intersections.

Fines will not be issued during this phase, but Greenville Police will issue written notices to the registered owner of the vehicle caught on camera running a red light. Notices with a $100 fine will be issued after November 15. The ticket is a civil infraction, which is not reported to insurance companies.

“We’re reducing a lot of the red light violations hopefully. A lot of injury crashes come out of these.”

It’s no secret driving in Greenville can be a bit of a risk.

Increased population paired with jammed back roads, can cause an alarming number of wrecks.

Officer Pat O’Callaghan with the Greenville Police Department will serve as the new red light coordinator.

“We have close to 6,000 crashes in Greenville a year and the amount of injuries we see is just astronomical for our size city,” said O’Callaghan. “Hopefully this will actually slow some of the people down.”

Starting Sunday, you might notice a flash or two from these intersections.

“When the light turns red, three tenths of a second later is when the violation occurs for the camera purposes,” said O’Callaghan. “So when a car runs a red light that’s when the camera will activate and takes a video and a still shot that we will be reviewing later on.”

In its beginning stages, this system is placed at high risk intersections.

O’Callaghan said, “Engineers and the police department went out and what we did we studied the number of crashed a teach intersection in the city. We picked the highest intersection with crashes and then what we did was come together with the engineers to actually find out are the red light violations or other causes.

The city will allow for a one month grace period. Those who break the law will be mailed a warning.

“It gives the public sometime to get used to them,” said O’Callaghan. “Hopefully we see a reduction in red light running and let them know that we are out here enforcing red lights.”

A city analysis identified five intersections to be outfitted with red-light safety cameras. They are:

  • Charles Boulevard and 14th Street
  • Charles Boulevard and Fire Tower Road
  • Arlington Boulevard and Fire Tower Road
  • Arlington Boulevard and Greenville Boulevard
  • Arlington Boulevard and South Memorial Drive

 

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