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Letters: Let safety concerns determine red-light violations

A driver was fined $158 for running a stop light 0.14 second after it turned red.

OCTAVIO JONES | Times (2012)

A driver was fined $158 for running a stop light 0.14 second after it turned red.

Clearwater red-light camera

Base violations on safety

My birthday was last week and I received an unexpected gift from the Clearwater Police Department: a Notice of Traffic Violation with a fine of $158 for running a red light on S Fort Harrison Avenue at Chestnut Street.

My immediate reaction was that this was not correct, as I am a safe driver that does not run red lights.

However, the images and video on the link provided in the notice showed I was guilty of entering the intersection 0.14 second after the light turned red at a speed of 29 mph in the 30 mph speed zone.

The video also shows that no dangerous condition resulted from the infraction. There were no vehicles or pedestrians present and the cross traffic moved into the intersection long after I had left it.

I agree with the intent of the cameras to correct unsafe conditions and I urge the Clearwater Police Department to use that goal in the assessment of penalties for infractions. Yes, I am guilty of a red- light infraction, but the conditions do not warrant a $158 penalty.

Actions like this will turn people against the cameras, which will eventually overrule all the good they do and they will be gone.

H.R. Howarth, Dunedin

A boardwalk as bait story, Aug. 25

Traffic, parking are the problems

With all these plans our city officials have to "revitalize" the eastern side of Clearwater Beach on the Intracoastal Waterway with another boardwalk and other approvals to developers, has anyone thought about the traffic?

Now, the Clearwater Marine Aquarium wants to move to where City Hall is. Has anyone, other than the residents, thought about the traffic?

Have any of our officials tried to get to our beautiful beach on any weekend? Have they sat in a line that's backed up, sometimes, to Missouri Avenue? How about during Spring Break? I bet none of them go anywhere near the beach — because of the traffic!

And they want to focus on the "locals" to patronize the beach. No way — they know what it's like to get to Clearwater Beach.

Why was another drug store built on the beach that used to be 241 parking spaces? These new hotels on the beach have parking spaces, but everyone wants to park near Pier 60 and in the Pier 60 lots.

I work on the beach and I have honestly heard people saying they will not return to Clearwater Beach because of the traffic and no parking.

If we could take all that money they wanted to put into a castle playground, and the money the Parks and Recreation Department has for these entrances to the new boardwalk, and other monies that are wasted, why not build another bridge and another pier? That is the destination that all these drivers go to. And why isn't there a "more parking" sign at the entrance to the Pier 60 lot pointing to the other parking areas?

I really would like to see any official sit in that traffic and then no parking spaces when they finally reach the beach. And you want to put a large aquarium right in the only pathway to the beach? Did anyone ever wonder how many more people can fit onto that island?

D. Anderson, Clearwater

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