Smile; you just gunned it through the red light

Kris Gardner of Republic ITS installs a camera at Bullard Parkway and 56th Street in Temple Terrace this week. This camera and another, at 56th Street and Fowler Avenue, may be keeping an eye on drivers by Wednesday.

City of Temple Terrace

Kris Gardner of Republic ITS installs a camera at Bullard Parkway and 56th Street in Temple Terrace this week. This camera and another, at 56th Street and Fowler Avenue, may be keeping an eye on drivers by Wednesday.

TEMPLE TERRACE — Soon drivers who run red lights will need to watch out for more than the police.

American Traffic Solutions is installing the city's first two red light cameras, on 56th Street at Bullard Parkway and Fowler Avenue.

They're expected to be on line as early as Wednesday, said Michael Dunn, city spokesman.

Once activated, the cameras will snap pictures of vehicles running red lights and mail notices to the vehicles' owners.

"An officer will have to sign in to the system and review the video and accept or deny it before a citation can be sent out," said Deputy Chief Patricia Powers of the Police Department.

For the first 30 days, the officers will issue warnings. After that, a first violation will cost $100; a second in that year will be $125. The fee for every violation after the second within a two-year period is $150.

Because the red light cameras are governed by city ordinance and not state statute, no points will be added to an offender's license.

People can challenge the citations monthly with a special magistrate, Powers said.

"The officer who approved the ticket will have to sign their name to it, so anyone can appeal," she explained.

ATS provided the equipment, installation and computer management system in exchange for $40 from each paid fine.

Powers said the rest will go into a city account, but she said that this is by no means a moneymaking venture.

"We're doing it to stop red light runners and reduce accidents."

Robbyn Mitchell can be reached at rmitchell@sptimes.com or (813) 269-5313.

Smile; you just gunned it through the red light 09/11/08 [Last modified: Monday, September 15, 2008 3:18pm]

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