VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — The City of Virginia Beach is upgrading its red light enforcement program Monday.
New cameras will be added at three intersections. Drivers who go through a red light signal in view of the new cameras will first be given a warning. But that will only last for the next 30 days, until Dec. 20. After that, violators will be sent a ticket and a $50 fine.
Existing cameras are in place at 11 intersections. The new cameras will be operational at the intersections of southbound and eastbound Independence Boulevard and Virginia Beach Boulevard.
Cameras that were in place prior to the upgrade will not be given a grace period.
Red-light safety cameras operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week. When a driver approaches and goes through the intersection after the light has turned red, the camera captures still images and video. Virginia Beach police receive the evidence and determine whether or not a citation should be issued. The vehicle owner who receives the ticket will have the option to dispute the violation, transfer the liability for the incident or pay the fine.
City study results released in 2015 compared crashes at intersections three years before cameras were installed with crashes during the first three years with cameras and found a 12 percent decrease.
The city launched its red light safety camera program in 2009. A new partnership with American Traffic Solutions (ATS) began in 2016. Under the terms of the contract, ATS will maintain and operate cameras at 11 intersections. ATS will also install new cameras that provide clearer photos and video.