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State Awaits Green Light Approval For Red Light Cameras

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RALEIGH — Seventy-six percent of drivers surveyed in the Trianglesupport cameras that catch red light runners. Despite all the support, the state House just killed a bill that would have allowed the camerasin Wake County.

TheGeneralAssemblyis still sharply divided onwhether to allow red light cameras in more North Carolina cities.

Rep. Bob Hensley (D-Wake) says when private companies run thered light ticketing operations, they reapmost of the profits taking money away fromlocal governments.

Hensley helped kill a House bill to allow thecameras in Wake County. State Senator Brad Miller (D-Raleigh) isco-sponsor of a red light camera bill pending in the Senate.

"At least two to three times in any short trip, I end up slapping myforehead at the insane things done intraffic," he says. "Anything we can do within reason thatwill make the roads safer, I'm all for."

Fayetteville received approval from the General Assembly and installedred light cameras in March 2000. Charlotte and Wilmington also operates ared light camera system.

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