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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  • by Gene Location: Texas on Sep 15, 2011 at 07:01 AM
    Clearly, red light cameras affect our driving habits. We avoid streets that have them. Because we already have enough to worry about, we changed our routes and now patronize grocers, coffee shops, restaurants, et al., that are located on streets that boast no such worrisome devices.
  • by Crimson Brotha Location: Tallahassee on Sep 15, 2011 at 04:57 AM
    Freedom baby, freedom! You can't move about this town without worrying about the PO PO! Crossing the street on foot can be a traffic infraction if not done as described in local ordinances. Freedom of movement is lost to the cause of "public safety". While Mayor Marks and the City Commissioners sit back robbing the public coffers, grandma is getting a ticket for pulling too far out past the stop line.
  • by Anonymous Location: Tallahassee on Sep 15, 2011 at 04:43 AM
    Dear Lord...where did you learn the English language? Hurt my brain trying to read your post!
  • by Anonymous on Sep 15, 2011 at 04:19 AM
    One day just sit and watch how many drivers run the red light at Monroe and Orange. It is absolutely scary.
  • by Jason Location: Crawfordville on Sep 15, 2011 at 03:49 AM
    I work on the norhteast side of town and have been driving through one of the first intersections to have a camera for some time. I also find myself driving through some of the newer ones. The length of time for the light did not change. Same as it has been. I have spoken with a group of the guys that work on the camera. According to them the video clip, yes video, goes through 4 different people before they finally send a ticket. 2 outside of the state and 2 inside. You do not get a ticket if you are in the intersection and the light goes yellow. If you are across the stop line when the light goes red, you are okay. If you aren't driving your car when you get the ticket, shouldn't you know who was. Get the money from them and chastise them for running the light. No points go on your license,so once again it is your responsibility.
  • by dave Location: crawfordville on Sep 15, 2011 at 02:39 AM
    Heres a novel idea. When the light turns yellow DONT HIT THE GAS PEDAL! The majority of people getting the red light tickets are trying to beat the red. Quit whining and try slowing down and stopping on yellow.
  • by The Guy Who Laughed Last Location: Uranus on Sep 14, 2011 at 08:16 PM
    Hi-Gloss spray defeats these cameras by causing the plate to overexpose when the picture is taken. All I have to do is make sure my tag is clear of dust. Why? I don't want that 'Gotcha' moment. I do abide by the law. City Commissioners have taken measures to fleece its citizens under the guise of safety. Lights have been shortened to almost ensure that 'gotcha' moment every light cycle. These cameras have the reliability akin to a yugo. Any normal working joe (let alone police officer)performing with that kind of accuracy would have been fired long ago. Many times I see those the lights on those poles in some sort of moronic strobe light mode. A part of me wants to wreck and sue the city for being blinded by that light. Even more disgusting is that our city officials have opted to take dollars out of the local economy and send them to a private company in Arizona that operates these modern day bushwackers. That is money lost to another State that would have been spent in OUR County/City/State. Supporters of these cameras are misguided at best. In other municipalities, (that don't have a revolving student populous) they have discovered that these cameras are too expensive to operate as people don't run that red light. Yes they are losing money and they are being taken down. Sadly with FSU, FAMU & TCC in the area, it won't happen anytime soon. We are being robbed by those that took an oath to serve and protect us, so they may have their pet projects paid for without claiming to have raised taxes. It is sad. Vote the bums out.
  • by Alvin Location: Tallahassee on Sep 14, 2011 at 08:00 PM
    My problem is that the time for the turn arrows seem shorter.I've seen it stay only long enough for four cars to turn and the last one will get the yellow in the turn.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 14, 2011 at 06:02 PM
    Pretty simple....If you obey the law and don't run red lights, you won't get a ticket..... and the life you save may be your own.
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      by me on Sep 15, 2011 at 04:45 AM in reply to
      obey the law!! ok, just how fast do you drive. 45 in a 45 zone or 50,55 sometimes more cause YOU OBEY THE LAW.... Ya the cat is calling the kettle black. lol get real.
  • by Anonymous II on Sep 14, 2011 at 05:05 PM
    I never thought I'd get one of these things. Aside from two speeding tickets and z couple of fender-benders in my entire driving life, I have completely clean record. But, I guess the yellow must have just ended when I was in the intersection because now I have one, too. My partner was shocked as I drive cautiously enough that it's an irritation to him. Like many, we don't have over $100 just to throw away. We're certainly not irresponsible drivers, by any means, but we will just avoid those intersections from now on. The thing is, I still think they are a good idea in principle. The 20-year-olds need tighter enforcement of traffic laws. I just think the yellow lights need to be longer and the pedestrian countdown needs to be at every intersection so one could accurately tell how much time you left to get through it. Then you'd be catching the true violators without dragging the responsible drivers into it.
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