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Red light cameras catch close calls

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One after another, cameras catch red light runners in St. Petersburg.

"If they do this type of driving and they get away with it time after time after time there is not a tendency for them to improve their driving," said St.Petersburg Police spokesman Mike Puetz.

The videos make the veteran cop cringe.

"Sooner or later, that can result in a very serious accident," he said.

Each week, police release videos of the worst of the red light camera runners. Their hope? To get people to pay attention.

The videos caught Ron Fulton's attention and he doesn't like what he sees.

"There has got to be a better way than invading privacy. To me, that is what it is," he said.

Fulton got a ticket and while he will acknowledge the close calls, he is worried about the invasion of privacy.

We showed Julianna Bertrand the same video. At first, she too was opposed to cameras.

"It is a tough, tough decision," she said.

But after watching even more close calls, she sort of changed her mind.

"After I saw that, I definitely think they should be in some areas with more traffic," she said.

Police said they are working. In the past year, red light camera tickets have dropped by 29 percent.

They say it isn't about the money.

"It is designed to save lives," Puetz said.

And he said to make the roads safer for the rest of us.

"It is always just a little satisfaction a little bit of justice to see somebody get captured and caught and have to pay some penalty as a result," he said.


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