Lakeland turns on nine more red-light cams - FOX 13 News

Lakeland turns on nine more red-light cams

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On Sunday, the city of Lakeland turned on nine new red light cameras. It now has 19 robotic eyes, snapping away when someone runs a red light or makes a rolling right hand turn.

"Do we need more red light cameras,?" FOX 13 asked a driver who didn't want to give his name.

"In my opinion, that would be a no," he responded.

As a matter of fact, almost all the drivers we spoke with on Labor Day have a problem with a cameras. For many, it is monetary. They say the cameras are just a money-maker for the city.

The city says they're not, and actually cost more than what they bring in. A spokesman says the city is gung ho on the cameras because they help prevent crashes. He says at intersections where they are installed, accidents drop by close to 80 percent.

Other drivers have the same issue as Charles Robertson.

"I don't agree with it because you can't actually prove that I was behind the wheel of my car. If I let my brother or somebody borrow my truck, it's not my problem, but it will be," he explained. "It's unfair. It's unjust."

Call it what you want, here are the facts: If you get caught by one of the new red light cameras right now, you're going to get a warning. Starting a month from now, you'll get a citation for $158.

New camera locations:

  • WB W Memorial Blvd @ Martin L King Jr Ave/ North Dakota Ave
  • WB E Memorial Blvd @ N Massachusetts Ave
  • EB E Memorial Blvd @ N Massachusetts Ave
  • NB Harden Blvd @ W Beacon Rd
  • SB Harden Blvd @ North Pkwy Frontage Rd
  • NB Bartow Rd/US 98 @ N Crystal Lk
  • SB Bartow Rd/US 98 @ N Crystal Lk
  • SB US 98 @ Griffin Rd
  • NB US 98 @ Griffin Rd

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