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Red light cameras working too well?


Cameras to catch red light violators are now popping up all over the Tampa Bay area, but only Kenneth City has had them for more than a year.

That experience provides a pair of remarkable insights.

  • First: 12,629 citations resulted from cameras at only four intersections.
  • Second: Violations have dropped so dramatically at one intersection, the revenue no longer covers the cost of the equipment.

Sgt. Tom Goldberg oversees the camera project and thinks behaviors are changing. Goldberg also personally coaches violators who want to know what they did wrong.

"Sitting the people down, explain to them here's what you did, here's what the laws are, here's what you can do to drive safer" is how he explained what he tells motorists."From that, we did have a lot of positive feedback."

Goldberg said going straight through an intersection is the most common violation, followed by not slowing down to make a right on red. But the year's worth of videos also include plenty of examples of "platooning": Following other cars through a left turn signal after the light turns red.

Other videos show as many as five vehicles running the same red light, and some bad crashes, including one that seriously injured a Kenneth City police officer.

LINK: The worst red-light runners

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