High-Res Photos Coming to Arlington Red-Light Cameras

New cameras have improved technology

By Mola Lenghi
|  Tuesday, Jan 1, 2013  |  Updated 6:47 PM CDT
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The City of Arlington is hoping new high tech cameras will not only catch red light runners but also deter them.

Mola Lenghi, NBC 5 Arlington Reporter

The City of Arlington is hoping new high tech cameras will not only catch red light runners but also deter them.

Arlington is installing red-light cameras with improved technology.

The city is beginning to install new cameras that produce high-resolution pictures and 12-second video clips that further illustrate a possible violation, offer 24-hour video surveillance and can monitor up to 20 vehicles at once for more than 300 feet.

While the new cameras can also detect speed, Arlington police say they won't be used to issue speeding violations.

The first new camera is located at the intersection of Fielder and Randol Mill roads. More are expected to be installed at other city intersections throughout the year.

Red-light cameras are a fixture at most Arlington intersections.

"I think it's a good thing, because I see people running red lights all the time and I think it's very dangerous and if they can keep people from doing that, the more they can stop people the better," Karen Brougham said.

Dee Dee Carr, a mother of two young drivers, agreed.

"I think it's really good, and I think it'll keep folks obeying the law and prevent accidents and people getting hurt," she said.

Austin Eaby said he doesn't mind red-light cameras too much.

"I was T-boned at an intersection not too long ago at an intersection," he said. "Someone ran a red light and T-boned me."

But Eaby said he still has reservations about the cameras.

"I think it's kind of almost cheating -- trying to get us on video when [police] could be out themselves trying to catch us," he said.

Jody Hawkins described himself as a defensive driver who likes having the cameras.

"I think police forces are underfunded, and I think this helps offset the cost of that," he said.

Police say drivers caught on camera are not issued a ticket but receive a civil infraction, meaning they get just a fine and not points on their record.

While the cameras generate revenue, APD said their use is about keeping intersections safe, not about making money.

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