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How Do The Red Light Cameras Work?

Lt. Mike Miller, Amarillo Police Department Lt. Mike Miller, Amarillo Police Department
Taylor Withrow, City Traffic Manager Taylor Withrow, City Traffic Manager
Amarillo drivers who run red lights will start receiving warning tickets in the mail within the next 14 days. As the initial 30 day warning phase of the red light camera program kicked-off Monday. 
 
Newschannel 10's Stephanae Benson looked into it what exactly you can expect, responding to viewers calls on how the cameras work. 
   
The cameras will detect if you are in the intersection after the light is red which is illegal. 

"It's when the front of your vehicle enters that line, if you enter while it's red you are in violation, if you enter while it's yellow you are not in violation." said Lt. Mike Miller of the Amarillo Police Department.
   
City Traffic Manager, Taylor Withrow says there is a camera facing the line that detects when that is happening. 

"The controller tells it when the light is red and if it detects any vehicle crossing that line when the light it red it triggers the camera and strobe flash."
   
There are three additional cameras when triggered, do the work to get you a ticket in the mail. 

"The top one is the strobe light which provides the flash for a good photograph. The middle one is the one that actually takes the picture. It actually takes to pictures. One at the stop and one in the intersection. The bottom one actually is continuos video helps police determine if there was an actual violation."  Withrow adds.
  
At which point the registered owner of that vehicle receives a 75 dollar fine in the mail. If that fine is not paid within 30 days or a hearing is not requested there will be an additonal 25 fine added.  The city also adds, that the person the vehicle is registered to, is the person responsible for the fine, and not the person driving the car unless it's the owner.

The city says the main focus is to keep the roads safe by changing driving behaviors. So they placed the cameras at intersections like 3rd and Pierce with the highest number of accidents.

"We're trying to change the pattern of thinking if they know they that they have to slow down and watch these particular intersections that we have the cameras in, then we're hoping that will be a carry to over to other intersections." Lt. Miller concluded.

After June 12th, those tickets will carry a fine. For more information on the red light cameras, log on to www.amarillo.gov.
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