Red light cameras recently installed in Oldsmar to help curb red-light crashes.
TAMPA, Florida - Fifteen new red light cameras are coming to Tampa intersections, bringing the city's total to nearly 60.
With Tampa seeing a dramatic drop in red-light running and tickets produced at its current camera intersections, the city hopes expanding the program will compel more drivers to stop before the light turns red.
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The Tampa Police Department confirmed to 10 News Saturday that cameras will start ticketing drivers sometime around January 1, 2014 at five new intersections.
- Kennedy Blvd. and Howard Ave.
- Kennedy Blvd. and Westshore Blvd.
- Dale Mabry Highway and Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
- Hillsborough Ave. and Florida Ave.
- Fowler Ave. and Bruce B. Downs Blvd./30th St.
Last year, red light cameras issued approximately $7.6 million in fines to drivers in Tampa. After the state got its cut (52.5%) and the camera company, American Traffic Solutions, was paid, the city turned nearly a $2 million profit. However, that number is expected to drop in 2013.
American Traffic Solutions is currently installing the new cameras, and "photo enforced" signs are also going up to warn drivers. However, Tampa police won't activate the signals until around the first of the year since the city must first comply with new FDOT rules regarding the length of yellow lights.
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