Ending the red light camera program will bring back a sense of fairness to traffic enforcement in St. Petersburg.
Clearwater, FL (PRWEB) October 16, 2014
Kevin Hayslett, prominent Tampa criminal defense attorney considered The Attorney to the Stars, says the St. Petersburg city council’s recent decision to end red light camera program will restore fairness to traffic enforcement in the city.
At its March 6, 2014 meeting, the St. Petersburg City Council adopted a resolution ending its Traffic Safety Camera Enforcement Program, known as Stop on Red, effective Tuesday, Sept. 30. The Council’s decision is recorded in the minutes from the March 6 meeting, available here, http://onlinedocs.stpete.org/Questys.CMx.WebClient/Image/Default.aspx?id=3943579&v=1&x=tif.
According to the City of St. Petersburg’s official website, the 22 red light cameras installed at 10 intersections throughout the city will be physically removed by the end of October. http://www.stpete.org/stoponred/. The cameras were installed after a 2010 Florida law, known as the Mark Wandall Traffic Safety Act, legalized the use of red light cameras to assist with traffic enforcement in the state.
The informational brochure for the Stop on Red program explains that the red light camera program was intended to modify driver behavior and reduce the frequency and severity of crashes caused by red-light running. http://www.stpete.org/stoponred/docs/STOPONRED_Brochure.pdf. The brochure states that prior to installing the cameras, the city experienced 21 fatal crashes at signalized intersections; 62% were directly attributed to red-light running.
A December 2012 report by then Director of Transportation and Parking Management for St. Petersburg, Joe Kubicki, indicated that during the red light camera program’s first year, more than 36,000 citations were issued and the city collected almost $3.6 million in red-light running fines. Kubucki’s report is available at http://www.stpete.org/LegisStream_CMx/3228966/3228967/3228978/3230020/3230124/Council%20Brief%20-%20Backup3230124.pdf. However, critics of the program complained the cameras were merely revenue generators for the city and camera vendors, the timing of the yellow lights on the cameras was too short, and car owners were unfairly issued citations when they may not have been driving the vehicle at the time of the offense.
“Ending the red light camera program will bring back a sense of fairness to traffic enforcement in St. Pete,” said Attorney Kevin Hayslett of Carlson Meissner Hart & Hayslett. “Drivers who have been unexpectedly hit with a $158 ticket by mail will be relieved that they again have the opportunity to communicate with a law enforcement official before receiving a traffic citation.”
Drivers with outstanding red light camera citations are still required to pay the tickets through American Traffic Solutions website, https://www.violationinfo.com.
Attorney Kevin Hayslett helps drivers cited for violating Florida’s traffic laws evaluate their options and develop an effective defense strategy. He has more than two decades of experience successfully challenging traffic violation citations and negotiating with prosecutors.
This information is provided for educational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice.
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