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Traffic cams snap scofflaws

Red-light cameras are coming to an intersection near you.

Hillsborough County has chosen 10 locations where it hopes to install them this summer. Temple Terrace is also looking at three spots. Elsewhere in the Tampa Bay area, Port Richey has just started using a camera to ticket red-light runners at U.S. 19 and Ridge Road after a monthlong trial run during which it mailed warnings to violators. Brooksville is bringing in the devices, and Clearwater is considering it.

Hillsborough picked these intersections based on their number of red-light violations, right-angle crashes and overall accidents, said sheriff's Cpl. Rod Rodriguez. The county will negotiate with a company to install and maintain the cameras in exchange for splitting the ticket revenue. The county okayed this in March, setting a $125 fine for violators caught on camera. The state Legislature might reduce the fines, though.

Mike Brassfield, Times Staff Writer

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CrashesCrashesViolations

1 Dale Mabry Highway & Bearss Avenue317

2 Gunn Highway & Anderson Road28 12

3 Waters Avenue & Sheldon Road2910

4 Waters Avenue & Hanley Road3216

5 Anderson Road & Waters Avenue3216

6 Waters Avenue & Dale Mabry Highway30 188

7 Sligh & Habana avenues12

8 Causeway Boulevard & Falkenburg Road12

9 Brandon Boulevard & Brandon Town Center Drive2610157

10 Providence & Lumsden roads33
Other locations

Temple Terrace says red-light running caused 22 crashes last year, and it wrote 244 tickets to violators.

•Fowler Avenue & 56th Street

•Busch Boulevard & 56th Street

•Whiteway Drive & 56th Street

Source: Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office



Traffic cams snap scofflaws 04/27/08 [Last modified: Friday, May 2, 2008 2:13pm]
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