Tallahassee, Florida - March 14, 2012 -
New red light cameras are up and running on Mahan Drive and Capital Circle Northeast.
The cameras were installed today (3-14-12)
They will be monitoring traffic coming north and southbound. TPD says there have been more than 100 crashes there in the last two years. The city began using red light cameras in August 2010. Since then, the city says it has seen a 96 percent decrease in traffic violations.
Tallahassee, Florida - March 8, 2012 -
The City of Tallahassee will soon expand its Red Light Camera Safety Program to include the Capital Circle NE and Mahan Drive intersection. On Wednesday, March 14, cameras will begin monitoring the north and south approaches of Capital Circle NE in an effort to reduce red light running.
The Tallahassee Police Department reports that the Capital Circle NE and Mahan Drive intersection ranked among the top five in terms of crashes in 2010 and 2011. More than 100 crashes occurred during the two-year span. Video validation conducted during peak drive times in August 2011 reports 319 potential red light violations occurred over the course of 7.5 hours.
"Traffic safety is our primary concern," said Allen Secreast, City of Tallahassee Traffic Mobility Manager. "We know there are life-saving benefits associated with reducing red light violations and appreciate all the Tallahassee citizens who have taken this to heart and stop at all red lights in our community."
A recent state-wide survey shows that 72 percent of Floridians support the use of red light safety cameras (2012 Frederick Polls analysis of public opinion about Florida Red-light Cameras). The findings are consistent with the statistically valid, random sample survey conducted locally where 71 percent of respondents stated that they are more likely to stop at red lights and 77 percent are confident that others are more likely to stop knowing cameras are operational in the community.
Since implementing the Red Light Camera Safety Program in August 2010, monitored intersections have seen a significant decrease in violations. Some intersections report as much as a 96 percent reduction. With the addition of these two cameras, the program will include 19 cameras monitoring seven intersections throughout the city. Running a red light at a monitored intersection will result in a Notice of Violation with a $158 fine, which is mail to the registered vehicle owner.