SafeLight - Red-light Camera Program

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The goal of the SafeLight program in Raleigh is to reduce angle collisions at intersections where the problem continues after other safety-measures have failed to work. Cameras are a safe, effective tool to alert drivers to the danger of the intersection and reduce red-light runners.

The City of Raleigh manages the red light camera program using an automated enforcement vendor who is responsible for camera installation, maintenance, imaging processing, violations and payment processing, customer service, and adjudication support.

Citations are sent to the registered owner of the vehicle and carry a $50 civil fine with an additional $50 penalty if the fine is not paid within a specified period. No driver's license or insurance points will be assessed

See our Frequently Asked Questions for answers to other questions about red-light running or ordinances.

Legal Authorization

SafeLight Raleigh is part of a statewide initiative, allowing red light photo enforcement in certain cities and towns under NC General Statute § 160A-300.1

Customer Service

Office Hours

  • 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday except for City-observed holidays.
  • Phone: 919-832-7436.

What is a Violation?

A violation has occurred when a car enters the intersection, crossing the stop bar, after the traffic signal has turned red. (N.C. General Statute § 20-158)

Two pictures are taken of the vehicle.

  1. One of the rear of the vehicle before it enters the intersection with the traffic signal showing the red light. This will show city officials that the signal was red before the vehicle entered the intersection.
  2. One picture of the vehicle in the intersection with the red traffic signal. This will show City officials that the vehicle continued into the intersection and did not try to stop just past the stop bar.

A photo will not be taken if the traffic signal turns red after the vehicle is past the stop bar or if the vehicle gets stopped in the middle of the intersection.

Occurrences that are not considered violations:

  • Being directed through the intersection by a uniformed officer or emergency worker
  • Moving out of the way of an emergency vehicle
  • In a funeral procession
  • Being directed through the intersection by a uniformed office or emergency worker

Paying a Citation

There are four ways to pay a red-light fine:

Learn More about Paying a Citation

Note: Late payment fees will be temporarily waived for a period of 60 days on citations occurring on or after 7/15/2020. We will continue to assess as the COVID-19 situation evolves.

Appealing a Safelight Citation

The SafeLight program provides an appeal process for individuals who feel unjustly cited for a red-light violation. Appeals must be received no later than thirty (30) days from the date of issuance of the ticket.

  • The registered owner of the vehicle will be mailed the citation.
  • Vehicle owners are responsible for violations unless they can show that someone else was in the "care, custody or control" of the vehicle when the violation occurred.
  • The City will accept affidavits as allowed by law and an affidavit transferring responsibility is included on the back of each citation.
  • Instructions on how to appeal a SafeLight citation also appear on the back of each citation.
  •  Timely appeals will be heard by an administrative hearing panel, usually within 30-60 days after the appeal is properly filed.

Learn More about Appealing a Safelight Citation

Current Camera Enforced Locations


  • Peace at West - Eastbound
  • New Hope Church at Brentwood - Eastbound
  • Dawson at Morgan - Southbound
  • New Bern at Tarboro - Eastbound
  • Martin Luther King at Blount - Westbound
  • Six Forks at Rowan - Southbound
  • Capital at Highwoods - Northbound
  • Wilmington at Chapanoke - Southbound
  • McDowell at Morgan - Northbound
  • New Bern at I440 (Inner) – Eastbound
  • New Bern at I440 (Outer) - Westbound
  • Capital at New Hope Church - Northbound
  • Six Forks at Dartmouth Rd - Northbound
  • Old Wake Forest at Millbrook - Westbound


The City of Raleigh is allowed to use the money from the payment of citations to cover any administrative costs to the operation of the SafeLight program, the buying or leasing of equipment, and paying the contractor to operate the system. State law requires that "clear proceeds" above any expenses go to the Wake County Public School System.

Red Light Cameras in other Cities

Approximately 50 communities in the United States were using red light cameras when the Raleigh City Council approved their use in Raleigh.

Accordint to Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), in 2017, across the United States, 890 people wer killed and 132,000 people were injured in crashes that involved red light running. Cities across the country have reported reductions in crashes at intersections where they have installed red light cameras.

Red light camera programs are currently in operation within the following North Carolina cities: Raleigh, Fayetteville, Greenville, and Wilmington. 

See other programs in the U.S. 



Todd Edwards


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