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Mixed feelings about Tampa's red-light cameras

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When Coketha Devlin heard that Tampa's red light cameras could come down, her reaction was: "Great, no more tickets."

That was her first reaction. Then, on second thought…

"I'm kinda torn because I've also been in an accident where those cameras have helped me," Devlin said.

The accident she's talking about happened last September, late at night.

As Coketha crossed Hillsborough and 22nd in Tampa, she was t-boned by a red-light runner.

Her 2-year-old daughter and another baby were in the back seat. Everyone in the car survived.

The camera up above caught it all.

"I realized the camera was catching the other guy running the red light, and not me," Devlin said.

Thursday, the Tampa City Council voted not to renew the camera program because some members are not happy with how the city spends the money raised from tickets.

Devlin says it shouldn't be about the money, it should be about safety.

Tampa Chief Jane Castor agrees.

"It's reduced accidents, it's improved driver behavior, it's reduced injuries," Castor said.

Coketha would like to see the cameras stay and catch more bad drivers in the act.

"I think the cameras are good for those purposes," Devlin said.

If the city council does not re-visit the issue, the cameras will come down in April. But council chair Charlie Miranda said Thursday that if they can address concerns about where the money goes, the city could re-negotiate the red-light camera contract.

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