Raleigh, N.C. — Red light cameras could return to Fayetteville if a bill bouncing between House committees becomes law.
Supporters said the measure, weighed Wednesday by the House Government Committee, would help deter risky driving behavior, a byproduct of Fayetteville’s high active-duty military population.
“In the armed services, you are rewarded for audacious, risk-taking behavior,” said sponsor Rep. John Szoka, R-Cumberland. “Unfortunately, red lights don’t fit into that mode.”
Szoka said that, after the city’s previous red light cameras were removed, accident rates climbed upward at some Fayetteville’s intersections.
“This is another tool to make it very clear where our most dangerous intersections are,” he said.
The camera system would pay for itself by using fines to pay a contractor and cover administrative costs, he said. Leftover proceeds would go to the local school board.
Proponents of the bill said it has gained support from Fayetteville officials, but some lawmakers said constitutional questions still surround the legislation.
The bill is on its way to the House Finance Committee.