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Red Light Camera Runners Contest Tickets

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Posted at 9:42 PM, Oct 14, 2014
and last updated 2014-10-14 17:45:30-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Tuesday, people went to the Renaissance Center in Frenchtown to dispute their red light tickets.

Running a red light can cost drivers a steep fine, beginning at $158.

Every month, there is a meeting where people accused of running the lights, can watch the video and learn the information that's mounted against them. After drivers see their alleged vehicle run through the light, they can decide if they would like to contest the charge before the panel of hearing officers. Drivers who win will walk out with their wallet still intact, but if a drivers' appeal is denied, they will receive an extra $42 hearing fee on top of the ticket fine.

Allen Secreast, the Traffic Mobility Manager for the City of Tallahassee, says he feels like the red light cameras have increased safety.

"The number of citations that we review a month have gone down drastically over the four year period of our program," said Secreast. "So anytime we feel like we are reducing the number of people that may potentially run a red light and reduce the right angle crashes, which are typically the more severe crashes, we feel like it's making our intersections safer."

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