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Hillsborough commissioners support continuing red-light cameras listen

04/02/14 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Tags: red-light cameras, Hillsborough County, Hillsborough County Sheriff, Hillsborough County Commission, Tampa, St. Petersburg


Red-light cameras are receiving scrutiny in the Florida legislature and cities like Tampa and St. Petersburg could soon wind down their programs. But in unincorporated Hillsborough County commissioners reiterated their support for the cameras today.

Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office Colonel Greg Brown told the county commission the ten cameras installed at six locations in unincorporated Hillsborough County have resulted in fewer crashes.

Brown estimated it would cost “hundreds of t...

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Red-light cameras in Tampa: safety or intrusion? listen

10/31/11 Olivia Kabat
WMNF Drive-Time News Monday
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The private company American Traffic Solutions administers Tampa’s new red-light cameras. The warning period ends Monday; beginning Tuesday, the city will issue $158 citations for red-light violations caught on tape. According to the city, nearly 4,000 warnings have been issued this month from the 24 cameras in Tampa. But people differ on whether they’re a good or bad thing for drivers.

The intersection safety cameras were proposed to reduce red-light running and collisions. They were ...


Tampa delays decision on contract for red-light cameras listen

03/24/11 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Tampa City Council has delayed a decision on a contract for red-light cameras. In its last regular meeting before newly-elected members join in April, Council deadlocked 3-3, pushing the decision to the next regular meeting on April 7.

Curtis Stokes, who was defeated in his bid for a citywide seat on the council, and Mary Mulhern and Charlie Miranda, who were re-elected, voted against the contract. Miranda’s main concern is that revenue would be slated for the city’s general fund and ...

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St. Pete Approves Red Light Cameras listen

04/01/10 Kate Bradshaw
WMNF Drive-Time News Thursday
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Today the St. Petersburg City Council voted to install cameras throughout the city to deter red light runners. They join Hillsborough County, Oldsmar, South Pasadena and Temple Terrace on the short list of local governments that have done so. But some people question whether cash flow, and not public safety, is their ...

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Researchers question efficacy of red-light cameras listen

03/14/08 Seán Kinane
WMNF Drive-Time News Friday
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Hoping to cut down on red-light violations, Hillsborough County Commissioners voted last week to allow cameras to be installed at 10 dangerous intersections. But a study published a week ago by three professors in the University of South Florida’s College of Public Health questions whether this will work.

One of the authors is John Large, an assistant professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management. He told WMNF that installing cameras is not necessarily effective at preventi...

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Traffic offenders caught on tape? listen

01/16/08 Mitch E. Perry
WMNF Drive-Time News Wednesday
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Hillsborough County Commissioners took the first step today toward approving placement of video cameras at certain traffic intersections to nab motorists who run red lights.

A motion by Commission Chair Ken Hagen will have the county’s legal department review a proposed ordinance that supporters say will not cost taxpayers any money.

Two officials from the Hillsborough County Sherriff’s Department then made a presentation to the Commissioners. A corporal recited statistics from New ...

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