Tallahassee city officials say Red Light Safety Program is working

Tallahassee Red Light Safety Program
Posted at 6:22 PM, Jan 24, 2013
and last updated 2013-01-24 15:33:37-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) -- Pam Lowery says every time she gets in her car to drive, she's thinking safety, safety, safety.

But she worries about other drivers.

Pam Lowery says, "Well I am hoping their following the rules and being cautious a lot of us have grandchildren in the car. We don't want to get in a wreck and don't want anyone to hit us either."  

But it's clear not everyone thinks the way she does.


Video from red light safety cameras, released by the city, shows drivers barreling through intersections around Tallahassee.

All this after the light turns red, disregarding your safety.

One driver nearly collides into the car ahead.  The driver still runs the red light.


City officials say it is this type of reckless, illegal and dangerous behavior that drove them to put nineteen red light safety cameras at seven different intersections around town.


They say the cameras mounted on poles are helping to bring down the number of people running red lights.

Alison Faris, from the City of Tallahassee says, "Before we put the cameras in. Let's take Tennessee and Monroe for instance at that intersection was yielding more than four hundred violations a day before the program started. Today we see less than 15 per day."    

City officials say each month they  pay around forty six hundred dollars a month for each camera.


Busted red light runners pay for the cost at one hundred fifty-eight bucks for a violation.

Pam Lowery says, maybe officials should add more safety cameras at other intersections.

Pam Lowery says, "If it is for the safety of all of us citizens and those of us who drive here let them do it because not everyone follows the rules. We should not have to suffer because of them."   

City commissioners want an update on the Red Light Camera Safety program.

Leaving open the possibility more cameras may be added.