[UPDATE] Tallahassee Expands Red Light Camera Coverage

By: City of Tallahassee Release
By: City of Tallahassee Release

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.
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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.


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  • by Adam Location: Tallahassee on Mar 16, 2012 at 07:51 PM
    Two things I do when at an intersection with a red light camera when it turns yellow. 1. I slam on my brakes to avoid a ticket. Two days ago I stopped so hard my anti-lock breaks activated. 2. Speed up to get through in time, often tailgating the car infront of me. I do not do either of these at intersections without red light cameras.
  • by jack on Mar 15, 2012 at 06:01 AM
    UNtimed traffic lights waste Money, Polute the air.
  • by anon on Mar 15, 2012 at 05:50 AM
    Highway Robbers. Can't time a traffic light. Oh yes they can, pickpockets.
  • by leroy Location: southside on Mar 15, 2012 at 04:22 AM
    When are we going to get cameras on the southside? Plenty of students down here think the roads belong to them and traffic laws are simply suggestions. Please give the southside some red light cameras.
  • by Surprise Location: leon county on Mar 15, 2012 at 02:25 AM
    They don't care or listen lets remember em at the voting box Grrrrrrrrr.
  • by Welcome to on Mar 14, 2012 at 02:33 PM
    USA...a third world country. The Taliban is in office. Wear your burkas.
  • by Jason Turner Location: Wakulla County on Mar 14, 2012 at 01:17 PM
    I guess the city wants you to have an accident trying to avoid a ticket rather than have an actual accident. Trying to figure this one out. LMAO!!!!
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      by SNA on Mar 15, 2012 at 04:27 AM in reply to Jason Turner
      Would you rather be t-boned by someone speeding up through an intersection or rear-ended by someone hitting their brakes? Just stop for red lights.
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      by Anonymous on Mar 15, 2012 at 04:52 AM in reply to Jason Turner
      It's not about having an accident or not having an accident. Statistically I could argue that having fewer red light runners compared to another city could make Tallahassee a safer city just by these numbers, but it isn't about safety either. It is about money. I pay less taxes because someone else pays a red light running tax(fine). Thank you to all who have paid.
  • by only me Location: tally on Mar 14, 2012 at 01:10 PM
    I just want to know if the dedicated right turn lanes on the east and west sides of the intersection, THAT CURRENTLY HAVE NO STOP SIGNS OTHER THAN CROSSWALK STOP SIGNS THAT ARE ACTIVE WHEN A PEDESTRIAN IS IN THE CROSSWALK, should be stopped at.
  • by me Location: Tallahassee on Mar 14, 2012 at 12:41 PM
    Do those yahoos on bicycles get tickets when they run the red lights?? Nooooo! I think that violates my right to equal protection under the law given an entire class of vehicle operator is excluded from being ticketed because of their mode of transportation!
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      by Tom on Mar 14, 2012 at 06:06 PM in reply to me
      Nope. Bicyclists can street-race, run stop signs and red lights, pass on the right, ride on the side walk - whatever they want to do. There are no consequences.
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        by Anonymous on Mar 15, 2012 at 04:54 AM in reply to Tom
        Bicycles on the road are to obey ALL traffic laws, so you are incorrect. They can receive tickets, but rarely do.
  • by bruce Location: tally on Mar 14, 2012 at 12:20 PM
    these cameras are a total joke. the one at apalachee parkway and 319 ne takes pics of ppl making LEGAL turns and even going accross the intersection with the light. i laugh every night i am waiting to turn and see FLASH! FLASH! FLASH! as it photographs sometimes NOTHING at all even in the intersection. must be taking pics of ghosts.
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