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Grace period ends for Fayetteville's new red-light cameras

Posted July 8, 2015

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— After a weeklong grace period, newly installed red-light cameras at three Fayetteville intersections went hot Wednesday, turning up the heat on drivers who choose to ignore traffic signals.

For the last week, drivers who ran red lights at three locations – Reilly Road at Kimbridge Drive, Ramsey Street at Law Road and Skibo Road at Morganton Road – only received warning tickets through the mail.

Now, those tickets will be real, and they'll cost drivers $100.

Red-light cameras operate 24 hours a day. When a driver goes through an intersection after the light has turned red, the camera captures still images and video. Those who receive tickets can dispute the violation, transfer the liability for the incident or pay the fine online, over the phone, by mail or in-person.

Mayor Nat Robertson said he is glad to see the cameras are operational, especially after what he witnessed over the weekend.

"In an hour and a half we saw five people run red lights," he said. "I mean just blatantly run, buzz right through them. We're hoping to change the behavior of the people in Fayetteville to make these intersections more safe."

Revenue from red-light camera fines will fund the camera program and provide additional revenue to local schools, according to Fayetteville officials.

City officials will host a virtual town hall meeting on Facebook from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday the new cameras and answer any questions.

The city plans to install additional cameras later in 2015 at the following intersections:

  • Reilly Road at Morganton Road
  • Skibo Road at Yadkin Road/McPherson Church Road
  • Yadkin Road at Santa Fe Drive
  • Raeford Road at Bunce Road
  • Bragg Boulevard at Cain Road/Fort Bragg Road
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  • Brian Ceccarelli Jul 14, 2015
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    The failure rate of red light cameras ticket in Cary was 100%. It is no different in Fayetteville. I am the man who sued Cary and the reason Cary got rid of the cameras. I am also the reason why Knightdale got rid of its camera voluntarily. Knightdale voluntarily got rid of the cameras once the council understood the nature of the problem. The nature of the problem is a conflict between physics and the yellow light durations.

    By standard practice, the NCDOT times the yellow light durations such that they will eventually force everyone to run red lights. 50%+ of red light camera tickets will be issued to drivers who ran the red light within the blink of eye (0.4 seconds). 70% within a second. Within about 10 years, your city council will have ticketted the entire population of Fayetteville. You can read about this and what you can do to fight your ticket at http://redlightrobber.com.

  • Gilbert Woods Jul 8, 2015
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    In Ohio, this was ruled unconstitutional, and requirer the presents of a police officier to issue the citation. The politicians had become leaches of society.

  • Rebecca Caldwell Jul 8, 2015
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    I don't understand why citizens continue to put up with this nonsense. If there ever was a truly victimless crime, it's running a red light on an empty street at 3 in the morning. Why do we need to seek people out and punish them? I've always found these cameras to be creepy and big brotherish. We should form citizen bands to paint over the camera lenses and stop this ridiculousness.

  • Paul Jones Jul 8, 2015
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    I thought these cameras were a failure in Cary because the error rate was too high. Basically, they didn't earn the city any money.

    Whatever the reason, we know they failed before, so trying then again makes no sense.

  • William Denton Jul 8, 2015
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    My college roommate successfully challenged two red light camera citations in court. She just asked to question her accuser in court, and the judge tossed out the citation both times.

  • Clinton Tingen Jul 8, 2015
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    Haven't we danced this dance before? What is different with these cameras than the ones attempted in Cary? Now the news story would be to explain how the town is monitoring the cameras themselves so that funds being created are actually making it to public projects and not some private firm.