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Ready. Set. STOP! Red light safety cameras are operational at selected locations around the City of Tallahassee until midnight on August 17, 2015, pending any change that may still be made by the City Commission. Now and in the future, making the decision to stop at intersections when the traffic light is red will help keep motorists safe.
About the Red Light Safety Cameras
Why Red Light Safety Cameras Were Installed
Red light violations contribute substantially to the more than one million intersection collisions that occur nationally each year. Safety cameras were installed locally in August 2010 to address a red light violation problem in Tallahassee. For instance, at the Monroe and Tennessee intersection, more than 450 red light violations were recorded in a sixteen-hour period. 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. In addition, the majority of those surveyed said they had a positive reaction to the decision to install Red Light Safety Cameras.
Why Red Light Safety Camera Program Will Be Discontinued
After five years in operation, red light cameras have successfully led to a significant decrease in red light running at monitored intersections. As a matter of fact, some intersections have seen a decrease in red light running by as much as 95 percent. This is great news for our community! From inception, the city has committed that the cost of the program would be borne by fees from the violations, not general city tax dollars. The focus was to address the safety issues without having to dip into the city budget, especially given the ongoing tight budget situation.
Fortunately, citizens in Tallahassee have greatly changed their behavior and are significantly less likely to run red lights at monitored intersections. With such a positive change in driving behavior and fewer fines to fund the program, it cannot support itself financially with only the funds from violations. Accordingly, unless the Tallahassee City Commission directs that the program be continued, cameras will no longer be in operation as of midnight on August 17, 2015. The decision to not renew the contract with the red light safety camera vendor is in keeping with the City's commitment to operate a cost-neutral program proven effective in reducing violations over time.
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.
If you receive a red light safety camera notice of violation in Tallahassee, you have 60 days from when the notice is mailed to you in which to respond. If you want to appeal, you can indicate that option when you return your notice and request a hearing. Appeals will be heard on the second Tuesday of each month by approved hearing officers who also serve as traffic Hearing Officers for the Second Judicial Circuit. 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.