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PHENIX CITY, AL (WTVM) -

Following up on the story we brought you Thursday, News Leader 9's Brittany Dionne met with officials who told her some drivers were not following the law and got angry when they were caught.

Phenix City police say they get several complaints from disgruntled drivers who receive tickets in the mail after violating traffic laws at the intersection of 13th and Broad Street.

However, once they look at the surveillance video of the infraction, their story usually changes, according to PCPD assistant chief of Police Robert Casteel. 

A surveillance video PCPD provided from the day David Carmon said he approached the light, stopped, and then turned. 

You can see the silver car comes down the street and simply turns the corner; authorities say Carmon broke the law when he did not make a complete stop.

We spoke with David Carmon about the video he said he was one word: embarrassed. He said he truly believed he stopped at the light.

"That's written in state law. That's not something we made up," said Casteel. "The state law says that when you approach a red light you have to stop. After stopping, you can make a safe right turn."

Authorities say the traffic camera at the intersection is going to save lives. Officials say many drivers don't understand how the cameras work and that's causing some confusion.

"The camera has a built-in radar system in it. What the camera's doing is, it's calculating your speed as you approach the intersection and if it calculates that you're running at a speed that you're not going to be able to stop that's when it takes the picture. If you're slowing down [and] stopping, it's not going to take the picture," explained Casteel.

Over the years they've had issues with drivers not stopping to a right turn, making it dangerous for anyone in that area, according to officials.

"While they do generate money, they are for safety. The intent is to try to get people to stop at the red light and not run it," said Casteel

Officials said drivers to know it's not a robot sending you a ticket; they say each violation is checked by a police officer before it's sent out.

As for the street sign Carmon claimed was installed after he complained to the city, police say you can clearly see the sign in still images taken by the cameras.

"The sign is not required by law to be posted here. That's something that the city did just as a reminder to people that you do have to stop on red before you make a right turn," said Casteel.

For those of you who have contacted us complaining about the tickets, officials say that if you look at the bottom of the ticket there's a link to a video for you to view the infraction yourself.

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