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Cary investigating red light cameras after drivers wrongfully fined

Posted April 11, 2012

— Cary police said Wednesday they are reviewing videos from 17 red light cameras across town after citizens complained that they were being wrongfully fined.

Resident Howard Bond said he has gotten two $50 tickets from the Town of Cary, saying his son ran a red light at the intersection of Cary Parkway and High House Road. However, the town’s video clearly shows Bond’s son turning left on a flashing yellow light, which is legal.

“A lot of folks have probably gotten the tickets and paid it, not wanting to go through the hassle,” Bond said.

The Town of Cary says Bond is not the only one who has complained.

“Since we have become aware of this today … we are going to internally pull as many of these videos as we can and take a look at them and see if there are any others that have been issued in error,” said police Maj. Tony Godwin.

Moments after WRAL News brought the problem to the attention of Cary police, Bond said he received an apology from the police chief, and his ticket was automatically dismissed.

Red light camera Cameras sometimes do lie in Cary

Those who think they have received a ticket in error should call Godwin at 919-462-3812 or Chris Davis with the police department at 919-462-3813.

The Town of Cary issues $50 red light citations, with an additional $50 penalty if the fine is not paid within a specified period. No driver's license or insurance points are assessed, and proceeds go to the county school system, according to the town. Those who believe they received the citation by mistake have the right to appeal.

The town has cameras at the following locations:

  • Cary Towne Boulevard at Convention Drive (EB)
  • Kildaire Farm Road at High Meadow Drive (SB)
  • High House Road at Prestonwood Drive (WB)
  • Northwest Maynard Road and Chapel Hill Road (NB)
  • Maynard Road at Walnut Street (SB)
  • Tryon Road at Crescent Green Way (EB)
  • Tryon Road at Regency Parkway (WB)
  • Walnut Street and Dillard Drive (NB)
  • Maynard Road and Kildaire Farm Road (WB)
  • Kildaire Farm Road and Maynard Road (SB)
  • Cary Parkway at Kildaire Farm Road (WB)
  • Kildaire Farm Road and Cary Parkway (NB)
  • Cary Parkway at High House Road (SB)
  • Harrison Avenue at Maynard Road (SB)
  • Harrison Avenue and Weston Parkway (SB)
  • Walnut Street at Meeting Street (WB)
  • Cary Parkway and High Meadow (WB)

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  • soyousay Apr 12, 2012

    he will probably tell you what a good job the law enforcement is doing..

    shazam! this is not operated by any law enforcement agency, but you are free your non-tax deductable contributions to the very weathy company that runs this scam nationwide

  • soyousay Apr 12, 2012

    Come on all you Cary haters, we can use your money to fill some of our pot holes.

    what's with this "hater" verbaige silliness anyway? and guess what not a penny goes to fill any pothole!

  • soyousay Apr 12, 2012

    Where are all the "investigative" reporters who should be following the campaign money donated by these scammer right into the pockets of those that voted them in?

  • Country Girlz Have MORE fun Apr 12, 2012

    I got a safelight ticket. the move i made wasn't illegal...It was how fast i was traveling when i made the turn.

  • simplemind2 Apr 12, 2012

    What a rip-off by the Cary police and Town of Cary. “The town’s video clearly shows Bond’s son turning left on a flashing yellow light, which is legal.” Awhile back, when they implemented those so-called “flashing yellow light”, I made comment against it. My argument has been since the “Green light” already allows any driver to make a left-turn when there’s no in-coming thru-traffic from the opposite direction – why in the world to spend more tax-payers’ hard-earned dollars to duplicate an existing function and worse unnecessarily confuse the drivers? Now that idea’s true intention which is to collect more revenue is finally exposed! Shame shame and more shame! “Those who think they have received a ticket in error should call Maj. Tony Godwin or Chris Davis with the police department”. Yeah, right! Why not pro-actively pull all those videos and take a look at them and make amend accordingly?

  • Rebelyell55 Apr 12, 2012

    Money racket for the city and the company who runs them.

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Apr 12, 2012

    machine are man-made and there is something going to be wrong with it from time to time. don't they check and make sure everything is working properly?

  • Tax Man Apr 12, 2012

    I thought the state outlawed these cameras???? I have notices that the yellows are shorter at the intersections that have them. Well, glad to see they are dealing with the technical issues. If you run a red light you deserve a ticket! If you are within the law you do not.

  • dsalter Apr 12, 2012

    Fayetteville tried them...once. They even ticketed a pickup truck once that had been parked so long the grass was up to the frame. The pickup in the picture and the one parked were the same color and the license number was similiar. License plate plastic covers cause problems too. I think Fayetteville decided it wasn't worth the effort...even though it would be nice to stop the 4 or 5 cars that continue through a light even though it's glowing red. And that happens all the time.

  • chattycat Apr 12, 2012

    Some of them are wrong, but not all and as a Cary resident I see people CONSTANTLY running lights on Walnut street, especially people turning left into the Crossroads shopping center. I love watching that light flash as they run it b/c it means they are getting what they deserve. There are too many accidents on that road from people running lights that even with the error rate they are completely worth it in my opinion. pirate09

    You are absolutely correct, I see it all the time. I believe that in most cases the ticket is well deserved and the fine should be paid. Come on all you Cary haters, we can use your money to fill some of our pot holes.