Re: Mayor says red light cameras may go (tbt* March 6)
This article reports that St. Petersburg's red light cameras may be removed because the revenues generated by fines have fallen below the cost of maintaining the program. I understand that the cameras are unpopular, but their effectiveness cannot be overstated. Their fundamental goal is to decrease the number of drivers who speed through red lights. This goal has been attained as proven through the reduction in revenue generated by red light violators.
The City of St. Petersburg needs to acknowledge the non-quantifiable, positive factors of the program. These include a reduction in accidents, increased safety, and more aware drivers. When assessing these factors, reasonable minds would concur the program needs to continue. Ending the program will cause a return to the previous status quo — an increase in intersection accidents.
Please do not end the program for political reasons.
Albert K. Watson, Tampa
Re: Brace yourself for the best of times in Tampa Bay sports (Tom Jones column, tbt* Feb. 26)
I believe Tom Jones overlooked another great sports team in the bay area — the Tampa Bay Rowdies. They won the Soccer Bowl in 2012 and they have a new majority owner who is putting a lot of effort into winning the championship this year.
And the Rowdies were the first professional team in Tampa Bay!
George Donaldson, Palm Harbor
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