Tallahassee Red Light Camera Anniversary

[UPDATE] August 1, 2001 6:19pm

It's been exactly one year since Tallahassee's first red light camera started flashing.

"I've never gotten a red light ticket." Says one woman.

Tallahassee has had red light cameras for a year now.

The first one was installed and started flashing at the intersection of Tennessee and Monroe Streets.

Tallahassee driver Katelyn Hill says, "I think it's a great idea. I know that a lot of people have stopped running red lights. I know the numbers have gone down. I personally haven't gotten a ticket form the red light cameras."

But, 17,001 people *have* received tickets over the last year.

There are now six intersections in Tallahassee that have the cameras.

Tallahassee driver Sarah Basford says, "My brother has gotten a red light ticket before and it was a lot of money. He was just really shocked about it. he was angry, too."

City administrators say the red light camera program has generated more than $878,022.

But, the State of Florida gets a cut, and after the city pays a vendor from the city's share, the City of Tallahassee made $441, 094.

One ticket costs a driver $158.

Some drivers say they floor it when they're approaching an intersection that's monitored as their way of attempting to avoid being caught in a snapshot.

Hill says, "I just can't believe that many people are still getting tickets from the red lights."

The intersection at Tennessee Street and Capital Circle saw 700 violations in June.

Administrators say the biggest problem there is that people are turning right on red when it's not allowed. The city just added a fourth sign to remind drivers that that intersection is no turn on red.

Drivers are also reminded to stop at the white stop line at that intersection and not after you've gone around the curve.

A red-light violation notice is filed with the clerk's office after you fail to pay within the first 30 days.

When it turns into a citation there, the original $158 fine becomes $271.

Administrators say 2,809 citations were forwarded to the clerk's office over the past year and 181 of those went to traffic court for a hearing.

Driver Ashley Ireland says, "Sometimes you don't get the response unless yo have somebody there to help you such as a lawyer. Some people just don't have the time for that. When you're working and you have two children such as I do, it's impossible to head to court."

If you think you can just keep rolling and totally ignore the red-light camera violation at the clerk's office, think again. On top of the extra fees imposed, your license will be suspended.

The City of Tallahassee says 96 percent of people are aware of the city's red light cameras.

The city's red light cameras survey says 52 percent of people considers the decision to implement the program to be a "positive" decision.

More information on the red light cameras can be found at talgov.com. There you can also see the list of all six intersections that are monitored.

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Tallahassee, Florida - August 1, 2011 -

It may be hard to believe but it's been a full year since the first red-light camera started flashing in Tallahassee, and it's been the talk of the road ever since.

The first red-light camera in Tallahassee went up at the intersection of Tennessee and Monroe Streets. There are now six intersections that are monitored by the eye in the sky, including Capital Circle Northeast and Killearn Center Boulevard.

The cameras are a part of the City of Tallahassee's Red Light Safety Program. Administrators say it encourages drivers to be careful and help avoid traffic crashes. The cameras are designed to flash only when a car passes the stop line after the light turns red. When that happens, the city will send a ticket in the mail to the owner of the car. The ticket costs 158 dollars.

There has plenty of controversy over this past year of having cameras at traffic lights in Tallahassee. Eyewitness News covered the story of a man who's been contesting his ticket for months now because of a dispute on how fast the yellow lights are.

There have been more than 17,000.

We will be talking with some of your neighbors about how they feel about these cameras and we'll also take a look at how much money is being made from the tickets.

Stay with WCTV for more on this story.


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