Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Brooksville to install 20 red-light cameras

BROOKSVILLE — The on-again, off-again effort to use cameras to catch red-light running drivers on city streets is back on again.

Council members voted 3-2 on Monday night to enter into a contract with a vendor to install 20 cameras at an undetermined number of intersections that could net the city more than $1 million a year if projections are met.

According to City Manager Jennene Norman-Vacha, the company will begin installing the cameras in March and plans to have them operational sometime in May.

Under the terms of the contract, Miami-based Sensys America would split the proceeds with the city up to $4,500 per month per camera.

Under a new state law, violators now get a $158 ticket when cameras catch them running a red-light.

The host entity receives $75, and the state takes $85. Right turns on a red light are no longer eligible for citations; previously, those had made up the majority of offenses recorded by Brooksville's cameras.

Based on company projection figures from Norman-Vacha, if each camera recorded an average four traffic infractions per day — or 14,400 infractions in a six-month period — it would generate $1.08 million, leaving the city and Sensys to each get $540,000 after expenses.

As expected, council newcomer Kevin Hohn cast the deciding vote.

Council member Joe Bernardini and Mayor Frankie Burnett opposed the cameras, while council member Lara Bradburn and Vice Mayor Joe Johnston supported them.

Red-light cameras have been something of a political football with city officials. Originally installed in 2008, they were removed last year after the city was unable to come to terms with the vendor.

Brooksville attorney Joe Mason, who has long opposed the cameras, criticized council members Monday for not providing research to justify whether they had made streets safer. He referred to the camera vendors as resorting to "pixie dust" to make them seem more than just a revenue generator.

"If you're going to make a decision, make it by the facts, not by the salesmanship," Mason said.

Former council member Richard Lewis said he felt that re-installing the cameras would chase away visitors and businesses wanting to move to the city.

"No one wants to come to a place they think is after their wallet," Lewis said.

Hohn said he wasn't interested in how much revenue the cameras generated, and proposed that the council consider using any income from the cameras for business development and capital improvements, such as roads and sidewalks.

In other action, the council voted 3-2 to allow beer sales at the Quarry Golf Course, which is being leased by Bob Carson, who owns and operates Ridge Manor Oaks Golf and Country Club.

Logan Neill can be reached at (352) 848-1435 or lneill@sptimes.com.

Brooksville to install 20 red-light cameras 10/04/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, October 4, 2011 8:07pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Rubio praises Trump for 'excellent' speech on Afghanistan

    Blogs

    Sen. Marco Rubio praised President Donald Trump's "excellent" speech on Afghanistan. Sen. Bill Nelson was less effusive but agreed with the goal.

  2. Gov. Rick Scott blasts report of shifting words on Charlottesville

    Blogs

    Gov. Rick Scott, one of the most scripted politicians in modern Florida history, said Monday that ‘both sides” bore blame for Charlottesville.

  3. Record $417 million awarded in lawsuit linking baby powder to cancer

    Nation

    LOS ANGELES — A Los Angeles jury on Monday ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay a record $417 million to a hospitalized woman who claimed in a lawsuit that the talc in the company's iconic baby powder causes ovarian cancer when applied regularly for feminine hygiene.

    A bottle of Johnson's baby powder is displayed. On Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, a Los Angeles County Superior Court spokeswoman confirmed that a jury has ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $417 million in a case to a woman who claimed in a lawsuit that the talc in the company's iconic baby powder causes ovarian cancer when applied regularly for feminine hygiene. [Associated Press]
  4. Search under way for missing sailors; Navy chief orders inquiry

    Military

    SINGAPORE — The U.S. Navy ordered a broad investigation Monday into the performance and readiness of the Pacific-based 7th Fleet after the USS John S. McCain collided with an oil tanker in Southeast Asian waters, leaving 10 U.S. sailors missing and others injured.

    Damage is visible as the USS John S. McCain steers toward Singapore’s naval base on Monday.
  5. Told not to look, Donald Trump looks at the solar eclipse

    National

    Of course he looked.

    Monday's solar eclipse — life-giving, eye-threatening, ostensibly apolitical — summoned the nation's First Viewer to the Truman Balcony of the White House around 2:38 p.m. Eastern time.

    The executive metaphor came quickly.

    President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump view the solar eclipse from the Truman balcony of the White House, in Washington, Aug. 21, 2017. [Al Drago | New York Times]