WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Wilmington city leaders approved renewing a contract for the red-light cameras seen around town, instead of opting for a new contract that would have brought additional cameras at a discounted rate.
The cameras, supplied by the company American Traffic Solutions, are placed at 13 intersections to prevent drivers from running red lights. According to the city's website, the estimated annual payment to American Traffic Solutions will be $420,000. That cost will be shared with New Hanover County.
According to the City of Wilmington's website, the majority of funds collected through the red-light cameras go to New Hanover County Schools.
Don Bennett, a Wilmington traffic engineer said the cameras cut down on accidents and improve road safety throughout the Port City.
"Running red lights is not acceptable," Bennett said. "What you see is a safety benefit not only to enforced locations, but also locations where you don't have the cameras because it is a true change."