Raleigh’s Safelight Program is installing several new cameras in the city that will begin operation on April 13, 2009. Avent Ferry Road southbound at Varsity Drive will be one of those new locations. See the announcement below from the City of Raleigh that lists the other new locations as well as the existing ones that help reduce intersection accidents.
The City of Raleigh Safelight program now has 15 cameras with the addition of six new locations to help reduce accidents at intersections throughout the Capital City.
The newly monitored intersections are: Avent Ferry Road southbound at Varsity Drive; Wilmington Street southbound at Chapanoke Road; McDowell street northbound at Morgan Street; New Bern Avenue eastbound at I-440 (Inner); New Bern Avenue westbound at I-440 (Outer); and, Capital Boulevard northbound at New Hope Church Road /Buffaloe Road. The red-light monitors will begin functioning April 13
On August 5, the Raleigh City Council approved a new three-year agreement with Affiliated Computer Services, Inc. for continued operation and management of Raleigh’s Safelight red-light camera program. The agreement includes two one-year extension options. Under the new agreement, ACS will provide all services and equipment necessary to run the program. The annual cost of the contract will be for $795,000 for 15 cameras. Citation fee proceeds above the cost of operation will be paid to the Wake County Board of Education.
In 2003, the City of Raleigh installed the first Safelight cameras in an effort to improve safety at intersections with the highest number of angle crashes. Results from the first contract showed the cameras improved safety at all the intersections where they were installed. After the first contract expired City staff reviewed the data at each existing intersection to determine if a camera should be relocated to a more problematic intersection and analyzed where three additional cameras were to be located. After an analysis of Raleigh’s dangerous intersections, City staff chose five new intersections for camera monitoring bringing the total number of monitored intersections to 15.
The SafeLight cameras take two photographs as proof of a violation. The first photo is of a car approaching an intersection with a red light, the second photo shows the vehicle continuing through the intersection. Citations are sent to the registered owner of the vehicle and carry a $50 fine with the possibility of an additional $50 penalty if the fine is not paid within 30 days. No driver’s license or insurance points are assessed.
The locations of Safelight cameras are as follows:
- Dawson Street southbound at South Street
- Peace Street eastbound at West Street
- Brentwood Road at New Hope Church Road eastbound
- Hillsborough Street eastbound at Dixie Trail /Friendly Drive
- New Bern Avenue eastbound at Tarboro Road
- Six Forks Road northbound at Dartmouth
- Six Forks Road southbound at Rowan Street
- Dawson Street southbound at Morgan Street
- Capital Boulevard northbound at Highwoods Boulevard
- Avent Ferry Road southbound at Varsity Drive
- Wilmington Street southbound at Chapanoke Road
- McDowell Street northbound at Morgan Street
- New Bern Avenue eastbound at I-440 (Inner)
- New Bern Avenue westbound at I-440 (Outer)
- Capital Boulevard northbound at New Hope Church Road /Buffaloe Road