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Greenville's red light cameras will be decommissioned next week

This red light camera is at the intersection of 6th Avenue, Speer Boulevard and Lincoln Street in Denver. A new study finds that deaths caused by motorists running red lights have risen to a 10-year-high.
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(File photo: 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.)

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.

Annette is originally a Midwest gal, born and raised in Michigan, but with career stops in many surrounding states, the Pacific Northwest, and various parts of the southeast. She has been involved in the media industry in eastern North Carolina for more than three years. An award-winning journalist and mother of four, Annette moved to ENC to be closer to family – in particular, her two young grandchildren. It’s possible that a -27 day with a -68 windchill in Minnesota may have also played a role in that decision. In her spare time, Annette does a lot of toddler and baby cuddling, reading, designing costumes for children’s theater and producing the coolest Halloween costumes anyone has ever seen. She has also worked as a diversity and inclusion facilitator serving school districts and large corporations. It’s the people that make this beautiful area special, and she wants to share those stories that touch the hearts of others. If you have a story idea to share, please reach out by email to westona@cravencc.edu.