Red-Light Ruling May Keep Cameras Down In Cities

A state Supreme Court decision means many North Carolina towns and cities may find it unprofitable to keep their red light cameras. That's according to a lobbyist for municipalities.

The justices late last week refused to review a state Court of Appeals opinion that determined school districts are entitled to receive 90 percent of the money collected through red light cameras. The cameras take photographs of people who drive through intersections illegally.

The case involved the City of High Point and the Guilford County schools, but would affect other governments that use the cameras.

Ellis Hankins is executive director of the North Carolina League of Municipalities. Hankins says it makes it "more problematic financially to continue that method of enforcement."