SafeLight Red-light Camera Program

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Pay A Citation

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

Safelight Customer Service can assist with appealing a citation, transferring responsibility to another driver, and general questions and correspondence. 

Office Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday except for City-observed holidays.

  • Phone: 919-832-7436
  • Email

Violations, Payments and Appeals

Item  Description  More Information 
Violations  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)  More information on red light camera violations
Pay a Citation There are four ways to pay a red-light fine. Learn More about Paying a Citation
Appeal 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. Learn More about Appealing a Safelight Citation

Current Camera Enforced Locations

  • 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
  • Dawson at South - Southbound
  • Edwards Mill at John Humphries and Ed - Eastbound
  • New Hope at Corporation and Columbus Club- Northbound
  • Edenton at Wilmington - Westbound
  • Martin Luther King at Rock Quarry - Westbound
  • Martin Luther King at State - Eastbound
  • Gorman at Thistledown - Northbound
  • Boylan at Morgan - Southbound
  • Triangle Town at Town Center - Northbound
  • Forestville at US401 Louisburg - Southbound
  • Lead Mine at Sawmill - Southbound
  • Morgan at Harrington - Eastbound
  • Lynn at Hilburn - Eastbound
  • Green Road at Calvary - Northbound


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.

According to Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), in 2017, across the United States, 890 people were 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. 



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