Cameras Catching Right-On-Red Violators In Cary

Posted July 20, 2004 5:18 a.m. EDT

— You might expect a red-light camera to catch motorists running a red light, but one camera in Cary is positioned to catch drivers who are not following right-on-red rules.

Before you turn right at a red light, you have to stop completely, but that is not happening nearly enough at the intersection of High House Road and Prestonwoods Parkway in Cary. Cary police claim they have the video to vouch for it. In the last six weeks, 290 out of 371 Safelight violators did not stop before turning right at the red light.

Police are also concerned about the speeds right-on-red rollers are going. Instead of coming to a complete stop, officials claim many drivers are taking the turn at more than 20 miles an hour. In one video, a driver rolling through a red light barely misses a girl trying to cross the street on her bicycle.

"If the cars aren't stopping, then not only is it the vehicles that are actually in danger but also pedestrians and bicyclists," said Deputy Chief Pat Bazemore, of the Cary Police Department.

The fine for a right-on-red violation is $50. It is an additional $50 if the fine is not paid on time.

Raleigh, Fayetteville, and Rocky Mount all have red-light cameras, but they are still cameras, not video. Because they do not have video, they cannot cite for so-called "roll throughs."