Greenville's red light cameras will be decommissioned next week
Greenville’s Red Light Safety Camera Program will come to an end after the city council voted 5-1 to end the program during this week’s meeting.
It was ruled unconstitutional by the state court of appeals in March because not enough of the money it generates through fines for drivers goes to the local school system.
Councilman Rick Smiley, who represents District 4, was the lone vote to continue the program.
“Over the last four years, while the program has been in effect, at the intersections where these cameras have been in place total crashes have dropped by 30 percent,” he said.
Smiley added that the cameras are in use at the city’s five most dangerous intersections.
“Accidents have gone down by 30 percent, and (at) the next five not as dangerous ones traffic accidents have gone up by ten percent. This seems like a program that has worked.”
The cameras will be decommissioned on November 15, and until that time tickets will continue to be issued.