Thursday, April 26, 2018
Transportation

Tampa adding red-light cameras to intersection of Fowler Avenue and 30th Street

TAMPA — Police plan to add a 19th intersection to Tampa's red-light camera system.

With six new cameras at Fowler Avenue and 30th Street/Bruce B. Downs Boulevard, Tampa's system will have 48 cameras in all — twice the number it started with in late 2011.

Police said Friday there's no set date on when the new cameras will go live. It could be as late as the first of next year.

Violations can result in a $158 ticket to the owner of the vehicle that ran the stoplight, but city officials say decisions about which intersections to cover are based on crash data and safety, not revenue.

In the first two years of the system, the city has added both new intersections and cameras to the system, but violations have dropped.

The number of tickets issued dropped from 62,697 the first year of the program to 55,355 during the second. At the same time, the city's share of ticket revenue dropped from a little less than $2 million to $1.59 million.

Meanwhile, crashes at 14 intersections with the red-light cameras fell nearly 11 percent the year after the cameras were installed, according to police statistics.

Officials say the declines in violations and crashes show the cameras have led drivers to change their habits.

"They are stopping for red lights," police spokeswoman Andrea Davis said in an email. "That's a lot less citations with more cameras, so clearly people are getting a message to stop for a red light, a message they should already know from high school driver's education."

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