Those red lights you've been running in Tampa could now come with a financial penalty

For example, in St. Petersburg, such cameras, which recently have been installed there have clearly divided the community, and in all three competitive council elections, the candidates disagree vehemently about them.


Originally the Tampa City Council rejected such cameras earlier this year. Council Chair Charlie Miranda was outspoken in saying he could only support the proposal if the funds generated from the fines would go towards improving some of the city's most dangerous traffic intersections. But members of former Mayor Pam Iorio's administration said such funds could not be earmarked for that purpose, and instead would go into the general fund.


Like his predecessor, new Mayor Bob Buckhorn is a big supporter of such cameras, and included $2 million of expected funding to reduce the $34 million budget deficit that he had to balance by October 1.


The new council approved the cameras.


Here's where they'll be located:


1. Eastbound E. Fowler Avenue at N. Nebraska Avenue
2. Westbound E. Busch Boulevard at N. Nebraska Avenue
3. Northbound N. Nebraska Avenue at E. Fowler Avenue
4. Westbound E. Hillsborough Avenue at N. Nebraska Avenue
5. Northbound N. Nebraska Avenue at E. Hillsborough Avenue
6. Eastbound E. Hillsborough Avenue at N. 22nd Street
7. Westbound E. Hillsborough Ave at N 22nd Street
8. Eastbound W. Waters Avenue at N. Florida Avenue
9. Southbound N. Florida Avenue at E. Waters Avenue
10. Westbound W Waters Avenue at N Armenia Avenue
11. Eastbound W Waters Avenue at N Armenia Avenue
12. Northbound N. Armenia Avenue at W. Hillsborough Avenue
13. Southbound N. Himes Avenue at W. Hillsborough Avenue
14. Northbound N. Lois Avenue at W. Hillsborough Avenue
15. Eastbound E. Adamo Drive at S. 50th Street.
16. Northbound S. 50th Street at E. Adamo Drive
17. Southbound S. 50th Street at E. Adamo Drive
18. Eastbound W Kennedy Boulevard at N Ashley Drive
19. Southbound S. Dale Mabry Hwy at W. Gandy Boulevard
20. Eastbound W. Gandy Boulevard at S. Dale Mabry Hwy.
21. Southbound S. Manhattan Avenue at W. Gandy Boulevard
22. Westbound W. Gandy Boulevard at S. Westshore Boulevard
23. Eastbound W. Gandy Boulevard at S. Westshore Boulevard
24. Northbound S. Westshore Boulevard at W. Gandy Boulevard

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Undoubtedly controversial, red-light cameras have been active in Tampa for the past month, and in that time city officials say nearly 4,000 (3,951 to be precise) warnings were issued to motorists who ran such red-lights at the intersections where they've assembled in the city's limits.

But as Tuesday, motorists who continue to violate the law at such intersections will be receiving an unwelcome piece of mail shortly afterward, with a $158 ticket inside. That's the cost for going thru such a light.

“We have been educating residents on the dangers of red light running and explaining the camera process,” said Mayor Bob Buckhorn. “The goal of this program is to enhance road safety and modify driver behavior. These cameras will help save innocent lives.”

No issue seems to divide a community up as do red-light cameras.

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