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Ready. Set. STOP! Red light safety cameras are operational at selected locations around the City of Tallahassee. The intersections being monitored have some of the highest numbers of red light violations and traffic collisions in our community. Making the decision to stop at these intersections and all intersections when the traffic light is red will help keep motorists safe and free from costly fines.
If you receive a red light safety camera notice of violation in Tallahassee after July 1, 2013, you'll have more time to pay the fine and a new option if you want to appeal. The changes are due to a new state law.
After July 1, individuals receiving a violation will have 60 days from when the notice is mailed to you in which to respond, as opposed to the 30 days that were previously allowed by the law. In addition, the law provides a new appeals process. If you want to appeal, you can indicate that option when you return your notice and request a hearing. The city will hear appeals on the second Tuesday of each month starting in September 2013. The cost for the appeals is yet to be finalized, but by law the municipal hearing costs cannot exceed $250. The appeals will be heard by approved hearing officers who also serve as traffic Hearing Officers for the Second Judicial Circuit. These individuals have heard several hundred red light camera cases through the traffic court and are experienced in deciding these cases. The hearing officer will take testimony, review evidence including photographs and the video recording of the violation and determine whether to dismiss or uphold the $158 fine. Any appeal of the hearing officer's decision will be to the circuit court.
For more information or to pay a fine, please call 891-8040 or toll free 1-866-575-0018.
About the Red Light Safety Cameras
Why Red Light Safety Cameras Are Needed
Red light violations contribute substantially to the more than one million intersection collisions that occur nationally each year. When red light safety cameras are operational, deaths and injuries resulting from collisions caused by red light running are significantly reduced. In 2005, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) studied seven US cities which had installed red light safety camera systems; the study (621KB PDF) concluded that right-angle collisions were reduced by 25 percent, and rear-end collisions by 15 percent.
Local efforts to reduce the number of red light violations will have important life saving benefits to the citizens living and working in Tallahassee. Our community's roads will be safer with the implementation of a public safety program that includes traffic monitors in problem areas. A statistically valid, random sample survey conducted locally (PDF) reported 71 percent of respondents stated they are more likely to stop at red lights and 77 percent are confident that others are more likely to stop knowing cameras are operational in the community.
How The System Works
When a vehicle passes through a red light at an intersection where a camera is located, a series of photographs will be taken and video is recorded to document the violation.
The photographs and video will then be processed, and the license plate will be reviewed to identify the registered owner.
The captured images are then forwarded to the Tallahassee Police Department for review.
Click here for further information, including a visual representation, on how the red light safety cameras work (110KB PDF).
If upon review by a police officer it is determined that a violation occurred, the vehicle owner will be mailed a Notice of Violation. Notices will include copies of the violation photos and a web link to the video footage of the infraction.
The program started with a 30-day period on July 1, 2010, in which warning notices were issued without any fees assessed. As of August 1, 2010, violations began to incur a $158 fine.
Red Light Cameras Enhance Safety
Red light cameras have led to significant decreases in intersection traffic violations and collisions in many communities throughout the United States. Photo enforcement is a proven deterrent that can bring about a behavior change that results in motorists obeying traffic signals, respecting fellow drivers and avoiding crashes, injuries and loss of life caused by red light running.
We know we have a red light violation problem in Tallahassee. At the Monroe and Tennessee intersection, more than 450 red light violations were recently recorded in a sixteen-hour period. The City's Red Light Safety Camera Program has been effective in
decreasing the number of drivers running red lights at monitored
intersections by as much as 95 percent at some intersections.
Red light running is the leading cause of urban crashes, according to the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety. The Partnership for Advancing Road safety reports that 80 percent of Americans support the use of intersection safety cameras to identify a vehicle that runs a red light.
Example of Red Light Violations
The video below features actual footage of dangerous violations that occurred at the Ocala Road/Tennessee Street, Tennessee Street/Capital Circle SW, and Tennessee Street/Monroe Street intersections. While these violators escaped causing serious injury to themselves and others, that is not always the case when someone risks running a red light. As part of the Red Light Camera Safety Program, each of these violators received a $158 fine and will hopefully think twice before running another red light.
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