Officials pleased with first-month results of Greenville red light camera program
GREENVILLE, Pitt County —
The red light cameras in Greenville caught a lot of violators during the first month.
Officials said about 3,400 violators were caught by the cameras, located at five spots around Greenville: -- Charles Boulevard and 14th Street; Charles Boulevard and Fire Tower Road; Arlington Boulevard and Fire Tower Road; Arlington Boulevard and Greenville Boulevard; Arlington Boulevard and South Memorial Drive. Though the number is only a slight drop from the warning period, Pat O'Callaghan, coordinator of the red light camera program in Greenville, he said he's seeing a change in the speed of these violations.
"Once it gets to me I can look at it and see, if you're running 60 miles an hour up to a red light in the snow, might be an issue," O'Callaghan said. "But if you're driving with some caution, and it's an icy road and you slide, we're not going to send you a red light ticket for that."
O'Callaghan said drivers are beginning to slow down more at red lights as opposed to trying to speed through them. Since the goal of the program is to change driver behavior, you'll likely only be ticketed if you clearly blew through a red light. So if you accidently slid past the stop bar at a red light after the snow storm, you should be OK.
Each violation captured by the camera gets reviewed by American Traffic Solutions, the company that operates the cameras. They then get reviewed individually by Greenville Police officers before any citation goes out.
O'Callaghan also said that each citation has a website link where you can view photos and video of your violation and appeal if you wish. Each ticket for running a red light is $100. Of that, $68.15 goes to Pitt County Schools and the rest to the company that operates the cameras. Pitt County Schools received $227,348 in the first month alone from the program.