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Red light runners caught on camera

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New video shows a view through the electronic eye of a red light camera.  It's captured driver after driver running a red light.

Some nearly crash into other cars.  A school bus leads a trail of three vehicles through the light. The turning lane is green, but not their light.  It's all new video released from the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.

"What we call the worst of the worst that are going through these intersections," said Sgt. Darrin Barlow.

Since the cameras went up, there's been a slight decrease in crashes and citations issued at the six intersections under surveillance.  Many drivers know when they're on camera.

"I see people run it. I see the flash anyway, so I know they are there," said Stephen Mitchell.

"I think it's a good idea generally because it makes people think twice before they run a red light," said Arlene Young.

But some drivers see red, believing the cameras generate too much profit for the private vendor that operates them.

"I think it's an evil thing," said Jeff Novack.

A standard citation costs $158.  It's been a little more than a year since the camera started snapping and in that time a lot of people have paid the price.

"We've issued over 30,000 violations last year," said Barlow.

It's possible more cameras will be installed, producing more video of red light runners caught red-handed.

"The people that are getting caught. The people that you see in the video are the people that had plenty of time to stop, but pushing it. It was more important to them to keep pushing through or they simply were not paying attention," Barlow said.

It's no secret where the cameras are catching red light runners.

There are six in Hillsborough County at:

  • Fletcher and Bruce B. Downs
  • Waters and Dale Mabry
  • Waters and Anderson
  • Sligh and Habana
  • Brandon Boulevard and Grand Regency Boulevard
  • Bloomingdale and Bell Shoals

 

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