Alexandria traffic cams reveal thousands of red light runners

Red-light cameras snap photos when drivers run a red light. Alexandria has seen thousands of violations in just three months. (File photo)

Adam Tuss, wtop.com

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Alexandria police are alarmed at the number of red-light camera fines being generated in the city.

During the first three months of this year, more than 3,200 red-light fines have been handed out at the city’s three camera-monitored intersections. Duke and Walker streets, South Patrick and Franklin streets and South Patrick and Gibbon streets all have red-light cameras.

“I would definitely say that it is very alarming for the number of violations at those three intersections,” Jody Donaldson, commander of the Public Information Office with the Alexandria Police Department, tells WTOP.

The fines are $50 each, but a portion is paid to the vendor REDFLEX Traffic Systems.

All told, the fines have generated about $100,000 in revenue for Alexandria in just three months.

The cameras are operational 24 hours a day.

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

Here’s a breakdown of the approved violations between January and the end of March of this year in Alexandria:

  • Duke and Walker: 629
  • S. Patrick and Franklin: 597
  • S. Patrick and Gibbon: 1,996
  • Total: 3,222

For more information about the Photo Safety Program, visit the Alexandria Police Department’s website.

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