Red Light Cameras Results at W.Tennessee Street/Capital Circle NW Intersection

By: City of Tallahassee Press Release, Lanetra Bennett Email
By: City of Tallahassee Press Release, Lanetra Bennett Email

Update 8:12pm 3/14

Tallahassee City administrators say they've issued an average of 40 tickets a day to red light runners at intersections monitored by cameras.

But, there is one intersection in particular where people really cross the line.

Motorist Evelyn Bell said, "I didn't know was it the car behind me or was it the car in front of me. So, I guess it was me."

It sure was her.

On the video taken by the red light camera, you can see the rented red Toyota that Bell was driving turning right from West Tennessee Street onto Capital Circle Northwest in Tallahassee.

That is an illegal turn at that intersection.

Bell said, "I got this letter in the mail saying I ran the red light. When I see the light turn yellow, to go ahead and stop because it's not worth it, paying the money for the ticket."

City administrators say that intersection has the most red light violations out of all six intersections that are monitored by cameras.

Data from the program shows 874 red light violations during the month of January. Of those, 659 were from drivers making that right turn from the westbound lanes.

There is a "No Turn on Red" sign posted next to the turn arrows, but, the city is asking the Florida Department of Transportation for more signage.

For now, the city has set up an electronic sign as a reminder.

Nicoliss Johnson said, "That would be a great help because when you're making that turn, if you could just see it because I've made it a few times and I'm almost stopping in the intersection because I don't see the sign saying "No Turn on Red." I guess when you get out there, guys go ahead and make it."

Administrators say it's up to the state to grant their request for additional signage at that intersection.

The following is information from the City of Tallahassee:

The Red Light Camera Safety Program, approved by the State of Florida specifies that motorists receiving a violation issued through the program will be issued a $158 civil penalty. State legislation specifies that $70 is allocated to the State of Florida, $10 to the Dept. of Health Trust Fund, $3 to the Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Trust Fund and $75 to municipality (in this case, City of Tallahassee).

While the City's primary goal is safety, revenue received from the Red Light Camera Safety Program is used to pay for City services. Of the fines collected, the City receives 47% per the legislation. To date, the City of Tallahassee has issued an average of 34 Notices of Violations per day and collected between $75,000 -$100,000 which has been allocated to the general fund. The general fund pays for basic city services such as police, parks & recreation and public works.

There has been a significant reduction in the number of red light violations when compared to the number of potential violations recorded prior to the implementation of the program. Over time, we hope to see the number of violations continue to decrease as drivers become more conscious of their actions and obey traffic signals.


Tallahassee, FL - The City of Tallahassee is issuing an alert to motorists to help prevent Red Light Camera Safety violations. Data from the City’s program reports that during the month of January, 874 red light violations occurred at the West Tennessee Street/Capital Circle NW intersection. Of those, 659 occurred in the westbound right turn lanes in which right turns on red are not permitted, as designated by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT). Red light violations recorded at other monitored intersections have been significantly lower. The second highest number came from the northbound approach of the Monroe Street/Tennessee Street intersection, with 281 violations recorded in January.

FDOT prohibits right turns on red at the West Tennessee/Capital Circle NW intersection due to safety concerns caused by several factors that could potentially impede the driver’s line of sight. Factors include the number of lanes, size of the intersection and the frequency in which large trucks travel this route.

“We’ve heard from some citizens who thought the right lanes from westbound Tennessee onto northbound Capital Circle were merging lanes. They missed the state’s signage about no right on red,” said Michelle Bono, assistant to the City Manager. “For this reason, we are conducting additional outreach to help ensure our citizens know they cannot turn right on red at this approach. By continuing our outreach efforts, we are working to educate drivers and hope to see a decrease in the number of violations being reported.”

The City has requested additional signage at this intersection from FDOT to better inform drivers that right turns on red are not permitted. In the meantime and in an effort to help promote safe driving and reduce the number of violations, the City has positioned an electronic message board at this camera location to remind drivers that right turns on red are not permitted at this intersection.

Currently monitored red light camera intersections include:

• Tennessee Street/Monroe Street

• Killearn Center Boulevard/Capital Circle NE

• W. Tennessee Street/Ocala Road

• Capital Circle NW / W. Tennessee Street

• Apalachee Parkway/Magnolia Drive

• Capital Circle SE / Apalachee Parkway

As of today, with cameras monitoring six intersections, an average of 40 violations a day have been issued since the program started in August of 2010. Drivers who run red lights at monitored intersections will be mailed a Notice of Violation with a $158 fine.

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

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  • by Kevin aka Reality Location: Monticello on Mar 28, 2011 at 05:31 AM
    This Camera at Tennessee and Monroe is a farce to make money. U have a light above each section. Making a left onto Tennessee , I crossed a yellow light , only the light opposite was red . Passing under a yellow light anywhere Ive ever lived is NOT a ticket ..........but apparently Florida will bend the rule of Law to collect. I plan to Lawyer up and say No!
  • by @anon on Mar 17, 2011 at 05:20 AM
    great quote and i agree with your sentiment but no new law was created here.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 16, 2011 at 07:35 PM
    "... There's no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals, one MAKES them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws. ......just pass the kind of laws that can neither be observed nor enforced nor objectively interpreted -- and you create a nation of law-breakers -- and then you cash in on guilt. Now that's the system, Mr. Reardon, that's the game, and once you understand it, you'll be much easier to deal with." -- Atlas Shrugged, p.411, by Ayn Rand, Signet Books, NY, 1957
  • by @cause on Mar 16, 2011 at 05:30 PM
    i didn't dispute them because i don't believe in your big govt conspiracy as i said before. i also don't believe every accident caused by running a light is a lone wolf with bad intentions. the debate has been OVER. you have just been beating a dead horse! you think i'm a slave and i think you are a crybaby. this IS EXACTLY about people running red lights- just not to you. i'm not concerned with your opinions on the so-called "real" issues, just the red-light cameras which is why i post under this article.
  • by Cause I Said so Location: Cameras arent railroad crossing arms that stop people from entering the intersection. on Mar 16, 2011 at 03:30 PM
    Victimless until you kill someone or cause a crash. These cameras arent and never will stop a lone wolf idiot from crashing through a redlight, they are catching people going over a line in the road, not people crashing into others then leaving the scene . Can I get a DUH! Precrime. you might be guilty so pay the state. @ sweet , if you need some stranger on a news opinion forum to Explain things you have issues, as for my long responses, I just have plenty to say. I notice you didnt and continue to not post any retort to the real issues I brought up so this debate with you is OVER, you have nothing to add and nothing to give. Again this isnt about people running redlights! DUH. That was never my point and still isnt. I cant be your wetnurse. Traffic judges pad their retirement from these code violations and you will not get a fair trial because the deck is stacked against you. Codes are not laws and these redlight cameras are illegal. The judge works for the Corporate State.
  • by wow... on Mar 16, 2011 at 01:42 PM
    i won't line any pockets and neither will you if you don't run red-lights. might be a more useful tactic than your current method.
  • by just saying on Mar 16, 2011 at 01:40 PM
    it isn't victimless when you run a red light and cause an accident.
  • by sweet! on Mar 16, 2011 at 01:39 PM
    another 2 post response! your word count on this is remarkable! oh i know your analogy, just once again irrelevant but i would love another 2 post response explaining how MY hand is trapped? also explain to me the relevance of blood pressure as it relates to species and how that disproves your current state and your thousand word responses. also explain your "tole" comment since you quoted someone... i look forward to your next novel.
  • by Cause I Said so on Mar 16, 2011 at 01:04 PM
    Keep taking up for the Corporation that is the state, making excuses for them as they continue to tax fine and fee all of us into the poor house. Again these victimless "code" violations will just get worse and you and your ilk act like this is just business as usual and we deserve to be a slave to the STATE. Yes I do not like it and all your useless drivel will not stop me and others from speaking out about this. If you have some proof that what I've said isnt true about the Corporate state and the judges lining their retirements with these code violation fines and these illegal redlight cameras then get on with it. You dont or you would have already posted it. Instead you lash out , rage against the messenger, biting the hand that feeds you the truth, you'll think of me when your turn comes and you'll wish you had the insight to defend yourself. Or you'll bend over and pay the state more of your lifes blood in IOU's taxes fines and fees. When your turn comes who will speak for you?
  • by Cause I Said so Location: Birds of a feather on Mar 16, 2011 at 12:44 PM
    I wouldnt expect you to understand the analogy of the Monkey holding the peanut. they would drill holes in the coconuts and place peanuts in them , the monkey would reach in the hole and wouldnt turn the peanut loose, capturing itself out of greed and ignorance. Google it.Worked up, my dear simian bless your heart, my opinions and truths about this Corporate grab for more of our hard earned blood sweat and tears through the cover of these redlight cameras is just a wake up call to some and meaningless whining to the ill informed. Again dont flatter yourself in thinking this is anything but a way for me to tell the truth and shame the devil. If you have any real proof to dispute my findings about these illegal redlight cameras and the Corporate swindling from the state then please feel free to quantify them here , or you can act like you've "tole me" something. Blood pressure? You might want to check the statistics as to what species has the higher blood pressure and diabetes and HIV.
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