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TallahasseeVoices: Citizens Speak Out on Red Light Cameras

By: Eyewitness News; TallahasseeVoices Email
By: Eyewitness News; TallahasseeVoices Email

Whatever your opinion is... red light cameras are posted up at six intersections in Tallahassee...

A new Tallahassee Voices survey says slightly more people favor having them.

Resident Willie Bell says, "I actually think it makes a whole lot of sense of them being there. At least they will probably slow the traffic down a little bit, especially on the main drags like Tennessee Street and Monroe Street."

The survey says 44 percent of people surveyed agree with Bell... saying red light cameras are essential for preventing accidents, injuries and deaths.

Forty percent say the cameras are just another method for City government to support City programs and services, and retirement benefits.

Tallahassee resident Rick Booth says, "I think we have too many government regulations for everything. This is just one more regulation that the innocent drivers have to put up with. You don't have a way to defend yourself. So, I'm against it."

The fine for a red-light camera violation is 158 dollars.

Also, make sure to tune in Friday at 6pm as Eyewitness News Reporter Gary Parker takes a look at a spray now on the market. It claims to be able to block your vehicle tag from red light cameras. Find out if it works, and what authorities say about it.

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Tallahassee, Florida - September 14, 2011 -

To see the full survey, click on the PowerPoint attachment above

Citizens have mixed views on red light cameras. Slightly more citizens favor them and believe they serve a socially responsible function than believe they serve only a revenue generating function.

Some people say the red light cameras installed by the City of Tallahassee are essential for preventing accidents, injuries, and deaths to our citizens. Some people say the red light cameras are just another method for City government to make money to support City programs & services, pay retirement benefits for City employees, pay for increases in the City budget that outstrip population growth, pay building costs and maintenance, vehicle purchases and maintenance, etc.


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