RICHMOND (WRIC)—Drivers who get caught on camera running red lights at the intersection of Elkhardt and Hull streets will continue to receive warnings instead of tickets for a while longer.
The Richmond Police Department announced in February 2013 that red light cameras were being installed at the intersection, and the cameras were up and running on Dec. 2, 2013.
Drivers were given a warning period; for 30 days beginning Dec. 2, violators who drove through a red light at the intersection of Elkhardt and Hull streets were to be given warnings instead of tickets for 30 days.
On Dec. 31, RPD announced that it was extending the warning period indefinitely, as part of the photo red light enforcement system implementation process.
"The Richmond Police Department's goal is to improve safety at this intersection," said Captain Will Smith, who oversees the program. "We want to ensure that all electronic systems employed by the Department are in compliance with national standards and guidelines. As this is an entirely new process for Richmond, additional time is needed to verify both those criteria."
Smith added, "The Richmond Police Department is working with the vendor and the city's Traffic Engineering Department to complete pending tasks. The extension of the warning period is not anticipated to be lengthy."
RPD will give notice of the date it will begin issuing actual tickets to violators. Richmond Police issued 337 warnings between 10:30 a.m. on Dec. 2 and 6 p.m. on Christmas Day.
"We encourage all motorists to obey traffic signals and stop signs at every intersection in the city," Smith said. "Safe driving is the best way to prevent accidents and injuries."
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