RICHMOND (WRIC)—Beginning Monday morning, drivers who pass through the intersection of Elkhardt and Hull streets will want to slow down; a red light camera starts watching for speeders and light runners.
In early February, 8News informed you that red light cameras were being installed on Elkhardt and Hull streets, near Elkhardt Middle School. At 10:30 a.m. on Dec. 2, those cameras will be up and running.
For 30 days, violators will drive away with just a warning, instead of a ticket. After the warning period ends, red light runners will receive a $50 ticket in the mail.
The Richmond Police Department hopes the cameras will decrease speed and red light-related crashes at the intersection many drivers call a problem spot.
"I have seen quite a few accidents happen at this intersection," said driver Sandra Williams. "People don't slow down; they take their chance and run the red light, and next thing that you know, they got [into] an accident."
According to a 2011 study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, fatal crash rates involving red light running were reduced by 24 percent in the 14 largest American cities using safety cameras between 2004 and 2008. More than 150 lives were saved in those cities during that time because of the cameras.
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