Running Red Lights on the Rise in Tampa Bay
Whether it is caused by someone who ran a red light or someone turning left in front of oncoming traffic, too many car accidents occur at Tampa Bay intersections. Now, TBO.com reports that more people are running red lights than before.
According to the report, almost 60,000 red light camera tickets were issued in Tampa to those drivers who ran a red light in 2015. That’s an increase of almost 44 percent over the previous year. Although there were almost 62,000 citations were issued to those who ran a red light based on camera data in 2012, that number fell to 41,600 in 2014. That’s approximately 18,400 more chances of being involved in a car accident caused by someone who ran a red light.
Sixty thousand sure sounds like a lot, but data shows traffic volume at the 22 city intersections monitored by cameras averaged approximately 15.4 million vehicles.
Although this report was likely generated for political reasons arising from the red-light camera debate, we should not lose the details over the arguments – too many people are putting families at risk by running red lights. The future of cameras in Tampa and other cities in Florida remains in doubt. A bill filed in the Florida Senate by State Sen. Jeff Brandes R-St. Petersburg, would require local governments to phase out cameras by 2017. The bill cleared the Senate Transportation Committee but has yet to be placed on the Senate Appropriations subcommittee agenda. Some cities are not waiting for Tallahassee. South Pasadena, St. Petersburg, Gulfport and Temple Terrace have all decided to remove the red light camera programs.
The article quotes Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn stating “We still have people running red lights; they’re doing it blatantly.” Tampa police spokesman Stephen Hegarty also states it clearly — “The bottom line is that people are running red lights.”
The focus shouldn’t be on red light cameras. The focus should be on the people who are injured in car accidents after someone ran a red light. The attorneys at Perenich, Caulfield, Avril & Noyes protect those injured after someone runs a red light. If you or a loved one is injured from a red light runner, call us at 727-796-8282 to schedule a free case consultation. There are no attorneys’ fees or costs unless we make a recovery for you.
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