St. Pete City Council member Steve Kornell opposed red light cameras02/15/13 Janelle Irwin
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They snap pictures of cars who may be running a light with a tell tale flash. They're red light cameras.
The idea was to eliminate potentially fatal intersection collisions, but the issue has sparked debate across party lines. Some argue it is a violation of privacy â€“ others that the tickets issued arenâ€™t accurate.
As legislation to overturn a state law that allows the cameras to be used is making its way through Tallahassee, St. Petersburg officials are facing their own backlash over the issue.
The city has 22 cameras at 10 intersections. St. Pete Mayor Bill Foster recently decided not to expand that to 31 cameras at 13 intersections even though city council members chose not to take a vote on killing the program all together.