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New $50 fines from Alexandria red light cameras

Friday - 7/29/2011, 6:12am  ET

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The red light camera at Duke and South Walker streets near the Landmark Mall. (WTOP/Adam Tuss)
Adam Tuss, wtop.com

ALEXANDRIA -- Want to keep $50 in your pocket? Don't run the red light at three intersections in Alexandria starting next week.

As of Monday morning, red light cameras at the intersections of Duke and South Walker streets, South Patrick and Franklin streets, and South Patrick and Gibbon streets all will start handing out $50 fines as part of the city's new red light camera program.

The cameras will be operational 24 hours a day.

Alexandria first installed a red light camera program at the same intersections in 2009, but it was never fully operational because of problems with the vendor American Traffic Solutions.

"There were issues with state code," Jody Donaldson, spokesperson for the Alexandria Police Department, told WTOP recently. "It had to do with the way the vendor was processing the tickets. The city has had to start over."

Redflex Traffic Systems is now operating the cameras.

Alexandria joins the City of Falls Church, the City of Fairfax and Arlington County, which all recently begun operating red light cameras in Northern Virginia.

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