Mar 13, 2024 - News

Raleigh ready to say goodbye to red-light cameras

Illustration of a traffic light with the red light lit up and surrounded by letters spelling out NOPE.

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Raleigh is set to end its red-light camera program in April, after city staff recommended against its contract renewal.

State of play: Raleigh currently has 25 intersections with red-light cameras.

  • The city receives no money from the program, which began in 2003 and is run by Conduent State & Local Solutions Inc. Revenue generated by fines to drivers that run red lights can only go to cover the cost of operating the cameras.
  • The city has one dedicated employee who handles customer service, contractural issues and reviews the more than 40,000 violations caught by the cameras every year.

The big picture: Red-light camera programs have been folding across the state of North Carolina in recent years, and have come under scrutiny from the state's General Assembly and from the courts.

  • Programs in Charlotte, Cary and Greenville have all shuttered, in part because of lawsuits, according to a memo drafted by Raleigh's transportation department.
  • Several draft bills in the state legislature have floated new regulations on how the programs operate.

What's next: The Raleigh's five-year contract with Conduent is set to expire on April 8.

  • The city has already been preparing for life after red-light cameras and has been taking steps to improve the 25 intersections where red lights are frequently run and crashes often occur.
  • For example, reflective back plates that surround traffic signals were installed late last year at those intersections to improve visibility of traffic signals.

What we're watching: The city also hired an engineering firm to review all 25 intersections to find additional opportunities to improve safety.

  • The city is currently in conversations with the state's transportation department to find funding to install the improvements, according to the memo.

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