[UPDATE] Tallahassee Expands Red Light Camera Safety Program

By: City of Tallahassee Press Release/Troy Kinsey Email
By: City of Tallahassee Press Release/Troy Kinsey Email

[UPDATE] 11-18 9:45am

The City of Tallahassee will soon activate a third camera at the Tennessee Street/Monroe Street intersection as part of the Red Light Camera Safety Program. On Friday, Nov. 19, at 12 a.m., a safety camera will begin monitoring the northbound approach of Monroe Street. Safety cameras currently monitor the eastbound and southbound approach of the intersection.

Currently monitored intersections include:

· Tennessee Street/Monroe Street,

· Killearn Center Boulevard/Capital Circle NE and

· Tennessee Street/Ocala Road.

Drivers who run red lights at monitored intersections will be mailed a Notice of Violation with a $158 fine. During the first 100 days of the Red Light Camera Safety Program, an average of 19 notices per day were mailed to motorists who ran red lights. Compared to the number of potential violations documented prior to the start of the program, the daily average is down significantly. City leaders credit the motoring public for the decrease in the numbers and are pleased that the majority of drivers are responding to the program by stopping at red lights.

For more information on the City’s Red Light Camera Safety program and “Ready. Set. STOP” campaign, visit Talgov.com. To receive updates follow @COTTraffic on Twitter and/or sign up for the City’s email subscription service to receive general news releases at Talgov.com.

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*** UPDATE 10-13-2010 11:50PM ***

Tallahassee, FL - Technology has come a long way, but there are some things a red light camera just can't do. Like tell who's behind the wheel of a given car.

All authorities have to go on are snapshots of license plates. As a result, a red light ticket is mailed to a car's registered owner. If that person wasn't driving, they have good reason to mount an appeal.
Well now, thanks to a new law giving the state authority over red light cameras, appeals are heading to *county* traffic court.

Ultimately, the burden of proof could be higher for the agency issuing the ticket. Meaning more drivers could get a pass, but not everyone agrees. Attorney John Kenney says a flood of appeals could put county traffic judges in a foul mood. Kenney says, "I don't think it helps you or hurts you. The problem that I think too many people have is, remember, it's not a right to drive, it's a privilege, and not everybody should be given the opportunity to head to court just because you ran a red light."

Under the new law, cities have until July of next year to hand the appeals process over to the courts, but many are taking care of that well ahead of schedule.

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[UPDATE] 10-13 5:25 --

Additional cameras to be activated at currently monitored intersections - The City of Tallahassee will activate two more cameras next week as part of the Red Light Camera Safety Program. As of Monday, October 18, at 12 a.m., safety cameras will become operational and begin monitoring the northbound approach of Capital Circle Northeast at the Killearn Center Boulevard intersection and the eastbound approach of Tennessee Street at the Ocala Road intersection.

With the addition of these two cameras, a total of six cameras will be in operation around the city. Monitored intersections include:

Tennessee Street/Monroe Street,
Killearn Center Boulevard/Capital Circle NE and
Tennessee Street/Ocala Road.

Drivers who run red lights at monitored intersections will be issued a Notice of Violation with a $158 fine.

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Tallahassee, Florida (Press Release) --

In an ongoing effort to deter motorists from running red lights, the City of Tallahassee will expand its Red Light Camera Safety Program to include the Tennessee Street and Ocala Road intersection. As of Monday, September 27, at 12 a.m., cameras will begin monitoring the westbound approach of Tennessee Street and the northbound approach of Ocala Road. An additional safety camera will be installed on Tennessee Street’s eastbound approach and is expected to be activated in late October. 197 potential violations were reported at these three approaches during a 16-hour validation period in February. More accidents have occurred at this intersection than any other intersection in the City, with 93 accidents in 2008 and 95 in 2009.

The City’s Red Light Camera Safety Program began with a one-month warning period in July. Notices of violation started on August 1. Since August 1, a total of 570 notices have been mailed for violations that have occurred at the intersections where the City has cameras currently operating: eastbound Tennessee Street at Monroe Street and westbound Killearn Center Blvd. at Capital Circle NE. Pending FDOT approval, both of these intersections are slated to receive additional cameras in the near future.


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  • by Anonymous on Nov 18, 2010 at 01:13 PM
    If this is about safety, why not put the signs up at every intersection and put up a few cameras in random spots that can be easily moved to another location. This way they could monitor all intersection at some point.
  • by Soon to be rich on Nov 18, 2010 at 01:00 PM
    Sammy, the out going governor is spending his last days in office working on a Pardon for dead rock star. We are broke and that is what he is focoused on. You need to pick your alliance a litte bit better.
  • by poorman Location: tally on Nov 18, 2010 at 10:18 AM
    i hope one day we have them at every intersection...if you dont run it you have no worries.
  • by Me on Nov 18, 2010 at 10:15 AM
    I agree, i have seen other drivers, and myself, slamming on the breaks as soon as the light turns yellow.
  • by sammy Location: poorville on Nov 18, 2010 at 09:42 AM
    we got a crooked governor and now a crooked city.
  • by Anonymous Location: Tallahassee on Nov 18, 2010 at 08:51 AM
    If it was really about safety and not about money, why don't they increase the delay time between one light turning red and the next turning green? These cameras are going to be a safety hazard because drivers who normally would go thru the "twilight" yellow light period with no problems, are slamming on their breaks to avoid the fine. Red light SCAMERAS if you ask me!!! Just a way for the camera company to make money and the city gets a cut without doing any work.
  • by Billo on Nov 18, 2010 at 08:24 AM
    These cameras aren't for safety, they are another money grab by the city...plain and simple.
  • by Jessica Location: Quincy on Nov 18, 2010 at 07:34 AM
    Danno, I don't really keep up with the comments, but I will respond to you. Yes under 316.075(1)(c)1 you do have to come to a complete stop before proceeding into an intersection. However, this program was supposed to be about preventing crashes and the statistics show that right hand turns are not the cause of the crashes, but it was the way cities were making money off motorists. 316.0083 which made the cameras legal this year specifically put the restriction on cities about not using the failure to stop for a red light because of the complaints from citizens. Now if an officer is at the traffic light when the violation occurs HE or SHE can issue a ticket. The cameras cannot be used to do so. It was supposed to be the way to keep the cities true to the propaganda that this is about safety and not money. Did you catch that during the review process the city did not count right hand turns in the 16 hour period? I wonder how that has changed because no money means the program will end.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 18, 2010 at 07:15 AM
    Bank robbers better watch out. They are going to see you get away cars and tags. Clank Clank.
  • by Jessica Location: Quincy on Oct 15, 2010 at 05:31 PM
    I don't have a problem with the red light program, but do have a problem with the City of Tallahassee not following 316.0083 that authorizes the use of cameras. TPD is using the failure to come to a complete stop as a reason to ticket drivers who are making a right hand turn where allowed. 316.0083 only gives cities one restriction and that is that they don't issue a notice or ticket to driver for failing to stop when making a right hand turn if the turn is allowed, careful and prudent. Greed is going to cost the city more in the long run because TPD is making their own laws in regard to the cameras. I have a notice and the reason why has changed with the person you asked. I finally got Mr. Secreast from Traffic Mobility to admit the notice was for not stopping. I will be presenting these e-mails in court. I don't pay extortion. If I break a law and is caught I have to face the consequences and so do the TPD and the City of Tallahassee. Don't bow to scare tactics.
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