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Fayetteville cameras catch hundreds running red lights

Posted July 30, 2015

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— In the three weeks at just three intersections, red light cameras in Fayetteville have caught hundreds of drivers trying to beat the light.

Video from the cameras shows car after car speeding through the intersections after the light has turned red. When that happens, the cameras snap a photo of the car and city staff reviews it to see if the driver should be cited.

So far, city officials have mailed 268 tickets that carry a $100 fine. They have 650 photos still waiting for review.

The fines go to pay for camera maintenance and toward the local school budget.

The city plans to add cameras to another five intersections by the end of the year.

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  • Chase Truman Jul 30, 2015
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    If a car is registered to you and you have insurance for the vehicle, you are also taking responsibility for anyone you let drive your car. If you don't want to be accountable for the way others drive your car, then don't let them drive your car! If you have a child who borrows your car, make it clear to them that they will pay for any violations they make while driving your car. Done.

  • Mannin Black Jul 30, 2015
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    Everyone I saw in the video had nothing to do with yellow times. Just plain ignorance of the red lights. The was one shot of a yellow turning red where the car just went through without the camera but the next car behind got the photo. Again, nothing to do with yellow times.

  • Phil Shmoe Jul 30, 2015
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    I sure hope Fayetteville does a better job than Cary with these. Cary had short yellow times (below state/fed standards) creating more fines. Cary gave just 10% of their fines to schools, 2% city admin, and the remaining 88% to a private company! Cary improperly cited many people and had to repay nearly all their fines.

    A few in Raleigh had unsafe yellow times (and led to a big increase in rear-end collisions). In Raleigh, only 11% went to schools, 81% to the private company!

    This isn't limited to the triangle. Look up a city with red-light cams, and you're sure to find reports of abuse by the city or company operating them. They don't care about safety. They care about money.

  • Karen Orndorff Jul 30, 2015
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    Come to Raleigh you will see the same thing.

  • Phil Shmoe Jul 30, 2015
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    I still don't see how cities can get away with this presumption of guilt. To me, this stands in the face of our basic constitutional principles. You own the vehicle, then you MUST be guilty (even if you're not driving). You weren't the driver and you want to fight it - well, not only do you have to name the other driver - you need to PROVE it lest the other person simply deny it.
    Since when does burden of proof fall on the defendant?
    A few people facing small penalties for dangerous driving decisions doesn't seem to outweigh the large violations of the basic principles of law.

  • Scott Brehler Jul 30, 2015
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    Being in the service industry I do a lot of driving. Each day I see several red light runners. Not just trying to beat the red light, but blatantly disregarding it. I also see a lot of drivers, speeding, driving recklessly (cutting in and out of cars), tailgating, texting (I swear that each week I have a couple of people slowly slide into my lane), making phone calls, driving with dogs in their laps, putting on makeup, etc. It truly is lawless out there. As a newly minted driver, I fear for my daughter's life each day that she is on the road. I feel that she is a lamb in a pack of wolves out there.

  • Belle Boyd Jul 30, 2015
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    That is an accident waiting to happen. I think they should probably improve on self-driving cars before they ever start selling them.

  • Roy Hinkley Jul 30, 2015
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    Yes, please.

  • Dana McCall Jul 30, 2015
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    Bring on the self-driving cars.