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Richmond's Photo Red Light Warning Period Ends

Richmond's Photo Red Light Warning Period Ends

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Red light camera Hull Street and Elkardt

Red light cameras, installed January 2013 at the intersection of Hull and Elkardt in south Richmond, finally went live after 11 months on Dec. 2, 2013.

Watch yourself if you drive in South Richmond. The kinks have been worked out and computers will now be able to issue you traffic citations.

Starting at 9 a.m., Monday, March 10, the Richmond Police Department will begin issuing citations for running a red light at the intersection of Elkhardt and Hull Streets, according to a release from the Richmond Police Department.

As part of the photo red light implementation process, Richmond Police has been issuing warnings rather than citations to red light violators at that intersection since December 2, 2013. Originally slated to last for 30 days, the warning period was extended to fine-tune the system, according to the release.

“We believe we have solved all the technical issues that caused us to delay full implementation,” said Lt. William Kelly in the release. “This is the first time we’ve done this in Richmond and we wanted to ensure the system was providing accurate information.”

During the warning period, the Department issued several hundred warnings:

  • December: 420 warnings
  • January: 397 warnings
  • February: 238 warnings

“We are encouraged by the drop in the number of warnings that were issued each month,” said Lt. Kelly. “We hope that number continues to drop in the coming months. Our primary goal is to keep motorists and pedestrians safe in the city, not to issue citations.”

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