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.


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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  • by James on Aug 1, 2011 at 04:01 PM
    Happy Anniversary Red Light Department Revenue Mongers
  • by Steve Location: Marietta, Georgia on Aug 1, 2011 at 03:05 PM
    [Florida native, resident] Oh wait! Let me responde! Can't wait for one of these red-light b***ard tickets to hit my mailbox! Can you say court date? I knew that you could! Can't wait for a judge to say something about AMENDMENT VI of The CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA! ...some silly thing about facing your accuser...I'm just sayin'!
  • by Just Me Location: Tally on Aug 1, 2011 at 02:52 PM
    You know if TPD just did there jobs there would be no need for camera's!! I've seen it hundreds of times! TPD can be at an intersection and a car will blast threw and the cop is looking down at there computer! Shouldn't there be some kind of law about that!
  • by Foxgloves on Aug 1, 2011 at 02:42 PM
    The red light cameras are only about money for the camera owners and the city. They do nothing about safety. If safety is such a problem, then the police to get off their duffs and write some tickets. The city could save a bundle if all the police cars were parked at the station instead of driven home every day and on personal errands during their shifts. How many millions has this already cost the taxpayers? When have they ever had such an emergency, that someone off duty had to hurry back to help out? The answer is never. They have more than enough help on every shift. The writer that complains about hedges, tree trunks the tree huggers want saved, block a clear view on hundreds on streets here, overgrown way out on city property and it is a full blown argument to get anything done, and after all the phone calling, nothing is done. You have to stick the front end of your vehicel way past the white line and creep and hope you don't hit someone. If they want to spoon the safety issue down everyone's throat, then look at this problem, everywhere. All the idiots at city hall need to be replaced. They should never have been elected in the first place, and the appointees, like the city attorney need to be gone, too. Another big mistake that has cost the taxpayers millions.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 1, 2011 at 01:07 PM
    I don't worry about the red light cameras. I have changed my routes to go through neighborhoods and parking lots. If TPD cannot bother to write tickets for people running red lights, they dang sure are not going to watch for me cutting through parking lots and business drives. Problem solved.
  • by Crimson Brotha Location: tallahassee on Aug 1, 2011 at 01:06 PM
    Like sheep being led to slaughter, every day. And ya'll keep electing the same city government time and time again. They are not content in just taxing you, they want to take more of your hard earned cash to stuff into their own little corrupt pockets. These ar the same ones who voted themselves "deferred comp benefit" illegally while the Mayor is taking cash from the same companies puting in "Smart Meters". Keep putting them in office. You get what you deserve.
  • by Jeff Location: Tallahassee on Aug 1, 2011 at 12:48 PM
    So $158 times 17,000 $ 2.7 million collected, how much into the city budget? Was that money just additional revenue or did the city displace existing revenue and lower a tax rate, lower a fee, or lower the electric rate. Did they perhaps hire more police or fire with that new revenue? Just wondering?
  • by D Location: perry on Aug 1, 2011 at 12:17 PM
    those red light camera's are costing local business.just as easy to go to other towns i choose not to spend my money in tall because of them
  • by Ron Location: work on Aug 1, 2011 at 11:58 AM
    I think the cameras have been a good thing. I don't see nowhere near the wrecks at CCNW and Tenn. St. I am all over town everyday and I don't mind them a bit. If I don't stop, it is my fault.Not the cameras.
  • by Bryan Hendricks Location: United States on Aug 1, 2011 at 11:21 AM
    Colorado send us a ticket for Tallahassee. It hurt people's chance of getting job work in Tallahassee for Red Light Safely Dept. And I caught how cheat red light flash was at random seconds of yellow light it could be 2 second, 4 second or even 9 seconds before turn red light. They know when car is coming they'll change to yellow them BOOM to red light!
    • reply
      by Anonymous on Aug 1, 2011 at 12:10 PM in reply to Bryan Hendricks
      What!! This has been discussed before about the timing. You really want to work for the red light safety dept.?
    • reply
      by Wow! on Aug 1, 2011 at 01:31 PM in reply to Bryan Hendricks
      English, please.
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      by Bill on Aug 1, 2011 at 02:19 PM in reply to Bryan Hendricks
      Brian & 3205 did you go to school???
      • reply
        by 3205 on Aug 2, 2011 at 03:12 AM in reply to Bill
        I graduated in 1963. HAVE YOU?
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