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Hillsborough County red light runners caught in the act

TAMPA — The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office posted a YouTube video showing dozens of drivers running red lights.

It's part of a Red Light Enforcement Program that began Dec. 29. Cameras document red light runners, who could be slapped with a $125 fine, at the following intersections: Fletcher Avenue and Bruce B. Downs Boulevard; Sligh and Habana avenues; Brandon and Grand Regency boulevards; Bloomingdale Avenue and Bell Shoals Road; Waters Avenue and Dale Mabry Highway; and Waters Avenue and Anderson Road.

Deputies review each photo to determine if a citation is in order. Money from citation fines goes to the county's general fund.

The cameras are being used widely in Florida, including Brooksville, Kenneth City, Port Richey and Temple Terrace. But they have stirred a public debate that is playing out in the state Legislature.

The House and the Senate have bills that would allow the Department of Transportation to regulate the cameras and prohibit system operators from being paid based on the number of tickets generated.

The bills also would impose a $155 fine and determine how the money would be divided between state and local governments.

Lawmakers call the bills the "Mark Wandall Traffic Safety Act," for a 30-year-old man killed in 2003 by a red light runner in Bradenton.

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