LAKELAND, FL (August 27, 2013) – The City of Lakeland will increase the number of red-ight safety ameras on Sept. 1, expanding a traffic safety program with a positive record of decreasing dangerous red-light running violations.
Nine additional cameras at six intersections will be added to the City’s current program of nine cameras. The new arrangement will provide photo enforcement at 11 intersections. For 30 days beginning Sept. 1, authorities will issue warning notices without fines for red-light running violations captured by the new cameras. The warning period gives drivers time to adjust to the presence of 24-hour enforcement. Once the warning phase ends, police will issue citations with $158 fines for running a red light.
A 10th camera location is still under consideration based on future FDOT construction at the North Florida and Memorial Boulevard location. This intersection was originally listed as the number one location of the additional top ten intersections based on the criteria used in choosing new proposed Red Light Camera locations.
Since the city began its photo enforcement program, red-light running violations at intersections with cameras have fallen 77% from the first full month of operation in June 2009 compared with April 2013, the most recent available monthly data. Decreases in violations indicate a change in driver behavior and improved safety because of a diminished opportunity for dangerous red-light running crashes.
Another indication that the program is improving driver behavior is the 11 percent recidivism rate, which shows that 89% of vehicle owners who received a red-light running violation from June 2009 through April 2013 did not get a second ticket, indicating drivers are getting the message to stop on red.
“This is a public safety program that deters red-light running crashes by changing driver behavior. In our community, drivers are getting the message to stop on red. We know that red-light safety cameras are making our streets safer and saving lives,” said Lakeland’s Police Chief Lisa Womack. The new red-light safety cameras are located at the following intersections:
- WB W Memorial Blvd @ Martin L King Jr Ave/ North Dakota Ave
- WB E Memorial Blvd @ N Massachusetts Ave
- EB E Memorial Blvd @ N Massachusetts Ave
- NB Harden Blvd @ W Beacon Rd
- SB Harden Blvd @ North Pkwy Frontage Rd
- NB Bartow Rd/US 98 @ N Crystal Lk
- SB Bartow Rd/US 98 @ N Crystal Lk
- SB US 98 @ Griffin Rd
- NB US 98 @ Griffin Rd
The value of Lakeland’s red-light safety camera program includes more than public safety. By reducing traffic crashes, one red-light safety cameras saves Lakeland an average of $150,151 annually in avoided crash costs.
This year alone, the City submitted $512,000 in red-light running ticket fines to the State of Florida, a portion of which goes to hospitals and medical research. The vast majority of fines are paid by drivers outside of Lakeland. Residents here received 7% of all red-light running citations since the program began through April 2013.
Cameras operate 24 hours a day and capture images of vehicles when they run a red light at a controlled intersection. All violations are issued after a sworn LPD Officer revies the photographic and video evidence. Signs posted along the street in advance of a RLC controlled intersection alert drivers that red-light safety cameras are in use at the intersection ahead. Warnings and citations will be mailed to the owner of the vehicle identified in the red-light running photographic evidence, as provided for in state law.
The City of Lakeland has contracted with American Traffic Solutions Inc. (ATS) which provides red light and speed enforcement programs in nearly 300 communities across North America. Additional information regarding the City of Lakeland’s traffic safety program can be found at www.lakelandgov.net.