Friday, December 15, 2017
News Roundup

Brooksville's new red light cameras issue 305 citations in two weeks

BROOKSVILLE — The city's first six red-light cameras seem to be finding their mark.

As of Friday, 305 citations had been issued to red-light runners captured on six cameras at three intersections on Broad Street (U.S. 41) — at Wiscon Road, Cortez Boulevard and Dr. M.L. King Jr. Boulevard.

The cameras have gone live during the past two weeks, and more are on the way.

According to figures released last week by the Brooksville Police Department, an additional 226 violations are currently under review by the department.

Police Chief George Turner said he was a bit surprised by the large number of violations issued by the camera vendor, Sensys America Inc. But he also believes the cameras could act as a valuable deterrent to wrecks along the busy commercial corridor on the city's south side.

"Our hope is that as people become aware of the cameras, they will be more cautious," Turner said.

Under the agreement approved last fall by the Brooksville City Council, Sensys will earn a maximum of $4,500 each month from every camera it installs. Each $158 citation issued will be split, with the state getting $83 and the remainder shared equally by the city and the camera contractor.

When the cameras catch a vehicle running a red light, the vehicle owner will be mailed a ticket. Drivers making slow right-hand turns on red lights will not be ticketed.

Owners have 30 days to decide how to respond.

If they pay the $158 by check, in person or online, their driving records will not reflect the incident. They may also choose to challenge the citation in traffic court.

All told, the city could add up to $602,721 annually to its coffers if projections are met. The council has yet to decide how it will spend the extra revenue.

In coming weeks, more cameras will be added as the state Department of Transportation approves permits.

According to Turner, the contract between the city and Sensys calls for up to 20 cameras and gives the company the authority to target the intersections where they will be placed.

So far, the company has submitted applications for the following intersections: Cobb Road and Jefferson Street, and Jefferson Street and Ponce de Leon Boulevard.

Other intersections planned, but for which applications have not been submitted, include: Cortez Boulevard and Buck Hope Road (near the entrance to Publix), Jefferson Street and Broad Street, and Broad Street and the entrance to the South Plaza (Winn-Dixie) shopping center.

This is the city's second red-light camera program.

When Brooksville originally installed cameras in 2008, they proved to be a lucrative revenue source, earning the city about $450,000 annually in the three years they were in operation.

The cameras were removed in 2010, however, after the city was unable to reach an agreement with its camera vendor on how new state legislation would be applied to the program.

Logan Neill can be reached at (352) 848-1435 or [email protected]

Comments
Lightning routs Coyotes for sixth straight win

Lightning routs Coyotes for sixth straight win

GLENDALE, Ariz. — As much as the Lightning has been rolling, it remembered how it lost twice last season to the Coyotes. Some couldn’t help but wonder if that might have been the difference in missing the playoffs by a point. But Tampa Bay continued ...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Stephan Jiggetts’ 20 points lead USF basketball over Bethune-Cookman

Stephan Jiggetts’ 20 points lead USF basketball over Bethune-Cookman

TAMPA — USF used a 21-3 run midway through the second half en route to an 83-63 win over Bethune-Cookman on Thursday night before an announced 2,091 at the Sun Dome.The victory halted a four-game losing streak for the Bulls (5-6), who scored the last...
Updated: 2 hours ago

High school scoreboard for Dec. 14

Thursday’s scoreboardGirls soccerLargo 4, Boca Ciega 1
Updated: 2 hours ago
House Speaker Paul Ryan says he’s not leaving Congress soon

House Speaker Paul Ryan says he’s not leaving Congress soon

WASHINGTON — House Speaker Paul Ryan said Thursday he’s not leaving Congress anytime soon, trying to squelch rumors that he will walk away in triumph after the Republicans’ treasured tax bill is approved. Politico and the Huffington Post published re...
Updated: 2 hours ago
No big deal for Rays at winter meetings, but it’s still coming

No big deal for Rays at winter meetings, but it’s still coming

LAKE BUENA VISTA — Here’s the one thing we definitely know:Rays officials headed home from the winter meetings and back across I-4 Thursday without making deals to trade any of their bigger-name, higher-paid players. Not closer Alex Colome, not third...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Tampa police seek ‘person of interest’ in Dec. 3 homicide

Tampa police seek ‘person of interest’ in Dec. 3 homicide

TAMPA — Police are seeking a "person of interest" who they believe has information about a Dec. 3 drive-by shooting that killed a 22-year-old man.Police are searching for Anan Motilal, 25. He stands about 5-foot-10 and weighs 180 pounds. He may have ...
Updated: 2 hours ago

Lottery resultsNumbers drawn after 9 p.m. are no longer available by our deadlines. For results, please go to tampabay.com/lottery.Pick 2, 3, 4, 5Thurs., Dec. 14, midday:97 796 8399e_SRit63724Thurs., Dec. 14, evening:37 731 1382e_SRit63276LottoWed., ...
Updated: 2 hours ago
Pence to delay Mideast trip as tax deal nears vote

Pence to delay Mideast trip as tax deal nears vote

WASHINGTON — Vice President Mike Pence is delaying his weekend departure for the Middle East as Congress nears completion of a tax overhaul, his office announced Thursday. White House officials said Pence now plans to leave for Egypt on Tuesday so he...
Updated: 3 hours ago

Pinellas Park officer stuns middle school student with Taser

PINELLAS PARK — A school resource officer stunned a middle school student with a Taser while trying to break up a fight between her and another female student on Thursday, police said.Neither the Pinellas Park officer nor the students involved in the...
Updated: 3 hours ago
Senator: Comey’s remarks on Clinton probe heavily edited

Senator: Comey’s remarks on Clinton probe heavily edited

WASHINGTON — A draft statement former FBI director James Comey prepared in anticipation of concluding the Hillary Clinton email case without criminal charges was heavily edited to change the "tone and substance" of the remarks, a Republican senator s...
Updated: 3 hours ago