Red light cameras in Greenville? - WNCT

Red light cameras in Greenville?

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GREENVILLE, N.C. -

Caught on camera. You hear that a lot these days, especially if you're caught breaking the law. Take red light cameras for instance--- it's a simple process.

When you run a red light, a camera takes a picture of your car. It records the date and time you ran it as well as how fast you were going. A ticket is then sent straight to your mailbox.

According to the US Department of Transportation, approximately 441 cities were using the program in 2010, including Raleigh, Wilmington, and Knightdale.

Greenville had just pulled the plug on its program, saying it was too expensive to run. But with a new police chief and fresh ideas, the city is ready to try again.

Chief Hassan Aden told 9 On Your Side they were considering it as an option, but says they will not be pushing for them until many issues surrounding their use and operation get resolved.

So is the city council ready?

"I think that our police chief has heard a lot since he got here about our interest in traffic safety. But me as a council member, at this time, see the city of Greenville going in that direction, but I am going to keep an open mind." Councilwoman Marion Blackburn says she has her concerns.

"There are empirical studies that show that these red light cameras do not contribute to traffic safety, in some case, they actually contribute to increased collisions," Blackburn said.

Locals also chimed in.

"I think red light cameras can make our streets safer and as someone who rides a bike, I'm really concerned that everyone obeys the traffic laws," Marianne Montgomery said.

"I personally don't agree with it.  Because I feel like if an officer of the law is going to pull you over, they should be the one to pull you over. It shouldn't be something videotaped," Ashley McCloud said.

The town of Cary also used red light cameras some time ago. But after many filed suit, citing that these very cameras infringe on citizen's constitutional rights, Cary backed down.

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