Run the red light? You'll be seen
St. Petersburg began issuing tickets from 16 cameras at 11 intersections on Monday Oct. 31, with Tampa following and activating 28 cameras at 14 intersections on Tuesday, Nov. 1. The new additions nearly doubled the digital coverage at busy Tampa Bay area intersections. State lawmakers established rules and penalties for red-light cameras in July, with little variation between cities and counties. So no matter where that eye in the sky may be watching, here's a primer on how it works.
Intersections with cameras
The map on this page shows the locations of activated and planned red-light cameras in the Tampa Bay area. Camera locations can move from time to time as ticket collection or accident rates change. The law requires that a roadside sign warn drivers that they are approaching an intersection with a red-light camera.
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Stories from the road
Read archived times coverage about each of the seven municipalities that currently operate the cameras.
- St. Petersburg: St. Petersburg red-light runners caught on camera will be fined (Oct. 29, 2011)
- Tampa: Tampa starts fining drivers nabbed by red light cameras this week (Oct. 31, 2011)
- Temple Terrace: Red-light cameras hunting down drivers (November 29, 2009)
- Port Richey: Police chief says Port Richey's budget for red-light cameras is confidential (September 1, 2010)
- Kenneth City: Kenneth City first in Pinellas to get red light cameras (September 29, 2010)
- Hillsborough County: One year later, red light cameras get mixed results (January 21, 2011)
- South Pasadena: South Pasadena will install red light cameras (February 6, 2011)
- Gulfport: Warning period ended in March (March 21, 2011)
- New Port Richey: Cameras at several intersections in New Port Richey to catch red light runners (May 29, 2011)
These cities are in the process of implementing red-light camera plans.
- Clearwater: City reverses course again, decides to pursue red light cameras (July 22, 2011)
- Oldsmar: More than 100 in Oldsmar run red lights during eight-day study (March 17, 2010)
Brooksville suspended its red-light camera program after two years, and St. Pete Beach decided aagainst installing lights.
- Brooksville: Brooksville council puts stop to red light cameras (August 3, 2010)
- St. Pete Beach: St. Pete Beach decides against red light cameras (May 29, 2011)