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New red light cameras in Alexandria

Monday - 7/11/2011, 2:07pm  ET

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The red light camera at Duke and South Walker streets near the Landmark Mall. (WTOP/Adam Tuss)

Adam Tuss, wtop.com

ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- Drivers would be wise to not run yellow lights at three more intersections in the City of Alexandria as red light cameras will begin ticketing violators soon.

Currently, red light cameras at the intersections of Duke and South Walker streets, South Patrick and Franklin streets and South Patrick and Gibbon streets have been sending warnings to drivers caught running the red light. But beginning August 1, $50 fines will go out in the mail.

Added, the cameras will be operational 24 hours per day.

"This grace period will give motorists an opportunity to become familiar with the Photo Safety Program in Alexandria," said Alexandria Chief of Police Earl Cook. "Our goal is to deter red-light runners and prevent accidents resulting from these violations."

Alexandria first installed a red light camera program at the same intersections in 2009, but it was never fully operational because of problems with the vendor American Traffic Solutions.

"There were issues with state code," Jody Donaldson, spokesperson for the Alexandria Police Department tells WTOP. "It had to do with the way the vendor was processing the tickets. The city has had to start over."

Redflex Traffic Systems is now operating the cameras.

Alexandria joins the City of Falls Church, the City of Fairfax and Arlington County, all recently begun operating red light cameras in Northern Virginia.

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