TAMPA — Starting Saturday, 23 red-light surveillance cameras will begin snapping photos of wayward motorists at more than a dozen of Tampa's busiest intersections, but no tickets will go out for a month.
As part of a phase-in period, a warning with no fine will be mailed to the owners of vehicles caught running red lights.
On Nov. 1, those warnings will turn into citations with $158 fines, though no points will be assessed. Police will review and approve each violation before it is issued.
City officials say they expect the cameras to lead to safer driving and generate $2 million a year in city revenue. For three years in a row, more than half the red-light crashes in Hillsborough County have taken place in the city. Last year, for example, Tampa saw 371 of the crashes out of a total of 642 countywide.
For more information on the program and camera locations, visit www.tampagov.net/dept_Police/information_resources/STOP_ON_RED_TAMPA.