Could Red Light Traffic Cameras Make a Comeback in Charlotte?

CHARLOTTE, NC – Red light cameras could make a comeback as Charlotte city leaders look to curb pedestrian accidents.

The city shut off the cameras more than a decade ago.

Mayor Pro Tem Vi Lyles says she wants to make dangerous intersections safer.

“I just really believe, if we’re going to have a walk-able city and a bike-able city, we’re going to have to change some of our habits. And if cameras help us do that, we ought to try,” Lyles says.

The city had the Safe Light program from 1998 to 2006.

People caught on camera running red lights were fined $50.

Studies showed accidents dropped as much as 60 percent at some of the 22 intersections that had cameras.

The city shut off the cameras after the North Carolina Court of Appeals ruled 90 percent of the money brought in from fines had to go to schools.

That didn’t leave enough to cover operating costs.