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What is the purpose of the SafeLight?

The SafeLight Program's goal is to decrease the number of motorists who run red lights and the crashes they cause.

What is red light running?

A violation occurs when a motorist enters an intersection after the traffic signal has turned red. Motorists already in an intersection when the signal changes to red - when waiting to turn, for example - aren't red light runners.

How does SafeLight work?

SafeLight cameras help communities enforce traffic laws by automatically photographing the license plates of vehicles whose drivers run red lights. The cameras provide 24-hour surveillance. When a violation occurs, the camera records the date, time, speed of the vehicle, the time elapsed since the beginning of the red signal, and a photo showing the violation.

How does a red light running incident become a citation?

View the SafeLight citation-review process:

When a violation occurs, who receives the citation?

SafeLight citations are mailed to the registered vehicle owner.

What if the registered owner was not driving the vehicle?

The owner is responsible for returning the citation to the SafeLight Program with information regarding who was driving the vehicle (name, number, address). If the car had been reported stolen at the time of the violation, the owner must submit a copy of the filed police report. Instructions for transferring the responsibility for the citation is listed on the back of the citation.

What is the SafeLight citation fee?

The fine for running a SafeLight traffic signal is $50. If the citation is not paid within 30 days after the mail date of the citation, then a $50 late penalty is added to the total cost.

How do I appeal a SafeLight citation?

Appeals are heard through an administrative process coordinated by the SafeLight Program. An independent hearing officer hears the appeal. Instructions for filing an appeal are posted on the back of the citation.

If you want to know more about how the program is making Wilmington a safer city please contact us at:

305 Chestnut Street, 2nd Floor
Wilmington, NC 28401
910.343.4762

Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00am to 5:00pm

To view a map of the SafeLight camera locations, please click here

Our SafeLight vendor, American Traffic Solutions, Inc., provides a newsletter containing nation-wide information concerning red-light safety cameras. To view, please click on  newsletter link.

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