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Cary red light cameras switch off late Saturday

Posted August 15, 2012

— The town of Cary will stop operating its red light cameras at 11:59 p.m. Saturday, officials said.

In a news release Wednesday, officials said drivers will be held responsible for any tickets they receive until the cameras are disabled. The citations are $50.

The announcement comes a week after the Town Council voted to get rid of the of 17 red light cameras that monitor 15 intersections. Over the eight years of the program, dubbed Safelight Cary, officials received hundreds of complaints from drivers who said they were improperly ticketed.

Cary Town Manager Benjamin Shivar suggested scrapping the program, citing a WRAL News report that found drivers were being improperly ticketed on left turns, as well as a lawsuit over the cameras, administrative costs and uncertainty about the state legislation authorizing the program. 


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  • Tax Man Aug 16, 2012

    I agree this is the right thing to do. How about some portable "speeding" radar with cameras to mail speeding tickets to motorists? Most of the red light violations were for rolling right turns or passing through on a short yellow. But speeding is still a real problem in Cary. Use the portable radar units coupled with some digital cameras and catch the speeders!

  • Scubagirl Aug 16, 2012

    "another words some people must feel that you should be at least 10 car lengths back or your tailgating a truck ..... You got to be kidding me. PanthersFan45"

    Actually 1 car length for every 10 mph used to be the recommended following distance, at least on the highways. Now..folks are lucky if the car behind them is more than 10 INCHES from their bumper.

  • Scubagirl Aug 16, 2012

    Sorry Keyboard got detained :) Good job tho' :)

  • Keyboard cat Aug 16, 2012

    ScubaGirl, where were you last night? I disabled half of them myself.

  • sjb2k1 Aug 16, 2012

    best news i've heard all day

  • Good Bye WRAL Aug 16, 2012

    Good riddance. There are so many wrong reasons to have used the red light camera Ticket program. It was all about the money, anyway.

    I do agree we can use camera and digital storage technology to fight crime - but only AFTER the fact, not for presumptive conviction. Like in Europe, public cameras can and should be used as forensic tools, i.e. help solve a crime by using camera feeds as evidence AFTER the crime, not as the automatic judge and jury. Perhaps some red light cameras can stay, but only to be used as evidence if there's an accident at the time, not just an automatic ticket?

  • Stringbean Aug 16, 2012

    NotAgain wrote :
    ""Remember to hug your kids every morning now. Especially the new drivers in your family. They now understand that running red lights is OK.""
    .. ** Lol .. taking down the unconstitutional lights that never should have been put up in the first place is tell our kids its ok to brake the law...hehhe, good one. When you have a company that has a financial investment involvd ,that is involved in maintaining the lights and determining if your guilty or not is unconstitutional.

  • The Fox Aug 16, 2012

    [We can only hope Knightdale is next.]seconded.

  • carlostheass Aug 16, 2012

    I get a kick out of the people that seem to think that these few cameras somehow made life safer all over the area. Pfft. Signs were posted to warn you. They only encouraged people to slam on brakes regardless of the weather or road conditions. How stupid. I don't go around running redlights and these cameras were just flat-out dangerous and all they did was make millions for the company that owned them.

  • PanthersFan45 Aug 16, 2012

    This has got to be great news for the people of Cary and anyone who has ever had to drive in the area. Some of these arguments about driving too closely can't actually be serious can they ?? C'mon !! I have never been ticketed for running a red light in my life (by camera or cop) but the amount of time for the cahnge-over from Green to Red was proven to be fast. I might also add that when you are driving behind some trucks you must stay pretty far back to see the light ... another words some people must feel that you should be at least 10 car lengths back or your tailgating a truck ..... You got to be kidding me.