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[UPDATE] Tallahassee Expands Red Light Camera Safety Program

By: City of Tallahassee Press Release/Troy Kinsey Email
By: City of Tallahassee Press Release/Troy Kinsey Email

[UPDATE] 11-18 9:45am

The City of Tallahassee will soon activate a third camera at the Tennessee Street/Monroe Street intersection as part of the Red Light Camera Safety Program. On Friday, Nov. 19, at 12 a.m., a safety camera will begin monitoring the northbound approach of Monroe Street. Safety cameras currently monitor the eastbound and southbound approach of the intersection.

Currently monitored intersections include:

· Tennessee Street/Monroe Street,

· Killearn Center Boulevard/Capital Circle NE and

· Tennessee Street/Ocala Road.

Drivers who run red lights at monitored intersections will be mailed a Notice of Violation with a $158 fine. During the first 100 days of the Red Light Camera Safety Program, an average of 19 notices per day were mailed to motorists who ran red lights. Compared to the number of potential violations documented prior to the start of the program, the daily average is down significantly. City leaders credit the motoring public for the decrease in the numbers and are pleased that the majority of drivers are responding to the program by stopping at red lights.

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

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*** UPDATE 10-13-2010 11:50PM ***

Tallahassee, FL - Technology has come a long way, but there are some things a red light camera just can't do. Like tell who's behind the wheel of a given car.

All authorities have to go on are snapshots of license plates. As a result, a red light ticket is mailed to a car's registered owner. If that person wasn't driving, they have good reason to mount an appeal.
Well now, thanks to a new law giving the state authority over red light cameras, appeals are heading to *county* traffic court.

Ultimately, the burden of proof could be higher for the agency issuing the ticket. Meaning more drivers could get a pass, but not everyone agrees. Attorney John Kenney says a flood of appeals could put county traffic judges in a foul mood. Kenney says, "I don't think it helps you or hurts you. The problem that I think too many people have is, remember, it's not a right to drive, it's a privilege, and not everybody should be given the opportunity to head to court just because you ran a red light."

Under the new law, cities have until July of next year to hand the appeals process over to the courts, but many are taking care of that well ahead of schedule.

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[UPDATE] 10-13 5:25 --

Additional cameras to be activated at currently monitored intersections - The City of Tallahassee will activate two more cameras next week as part of the Red Light Camera Safety Program. As of Monday, October 18, at 12 a.m., safety cameras will become operational and begin monitoring the northbound approach of Capital Circle Northeast at the Killearn Center Boulevard intersection and the eastbound approach of Tennessee Street at the Ocala Road intersection.

With the addition of these two cameras, a total of six cameras will be in operation around the city. Monitored intersections include:

Tennessee Street/Monroe Street,
Killearn Center Boulevard/Capital Circle NE and
Tennessee Street/Ocala Road.

Drivers who run red lights at monitored intersections will be issued a Notice of Violation with a $158 fine.

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Tallahassee, Florida (Press Release) --

In an ongoing effort to deter motorists from running red lights, the City of Tallahassee will expand its Red Light Camera Safety Program to include the Tennessee Street and Ocala Road intersection. As of Monday, September 27, at 12 a.m., cameras will begin monitoring the westbound approach of Tennessee Street and the northbound approach of Ocala Road. An additional safety camera will be installed on Tennessee Street’s eastbound approach and is expected to be activated in late October. 197 potential violations were reported at these three approaches during a 16-hour validation period in February. More accidents have occurred at this intersection than any other intersection in the City, with 93 accidents in 2008 and 95 in 2009.

The City’s Red Light Camera Safety Program began with a one-month warning period in July. Notices of violation started on August 1. Since August 1, a total of 570 notices have been mailed for violations that have occurred at the intersections where the City has cameras currently operating: eastbound Tennessee Street at Monroe Street and westbound Killearn Center Blvd. at Capital Circle NE. Pending FDOT approval, both of these intersections are slated to receive additional cameras in the near future.


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