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City of Fairfax brings back red light cameras

Tuesday - 6/28/2011, 9:45am  ET

Hank Silverberg, wtop.com

WASHINGTON - Another community in Northern Virginia is bringing back "photo red" cameras.

The City of Fairfax becomes the fourth community to bring back the program that expired in 2005. The program was reauthorized by the Virginia General Assembly in 2007. The cameras were used in Fairfax between 1999 and 2003.

Starting July 1, red light cameras will operate at two of the city's big intersections, at the Fairfax Circle and at University Drive and North Street.

City of Fairfax Police Sgt. Dan Grimm says the cameras proved effective last time around.

"We did see a reduction in traffic accidents as well as red light violations," Grimm says.

Many people think the cameras are aimed at raising revenue, but when the camera were previously used, the program ended up in the red, losing money every year but the first one.

The fine for running a red light will be $50. Warnings will be issued for the first month, with fines beginning Aug. 1.

Arlington County, Falls Church and Alexandria have added red light cameras since the General Assembly reauthorized their use.

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