October 26, 2012
New red light cameras will be up and running Pantops by the end of the year. The latest cameras will be installed at the intersection of Richmond Road and Stony Point Road.
"We are expanding the photo red program because it's been so successful, at the first site," said Carter Johnson, the public information officer for Albemarle County. "All of the statistics coming back have been positive so we think it's changing driver behavior and that was the intention all along."
Red light cameras have been in place on Route 29 at the intersection of Rio Road for about a year and a half. Officials say between January and July of 2011 and the same time period in 2012, the number of tickets issued decreased by 20 percent. In that same time period, nearly $145,400 of additional revenue was raised from tickets. Officials say all of that money is reinvested in the community through educational outreach and equipment.
"All of the money raised from the tickets all go back to traffic safety initiatives," Johnson said.
Officials say if the second set of cameras are equally as successful the County could see more.
"When the concept was being developed there were four locations we were looking at so we will see how successful this site is and look forward and maybe expand," said Johnson.
Once the new cameras are installed, drivers will have a 30-day grace period before tickets are sent out. Officials say they will be in use by the end of this year.