TAMPA, Florida -- Despite St. Petersburg's decision to remove controversial cameras from its intersections, most city leaders in Tampa continue to support red light camera technology, even as the number of tickets continues to drop.
On Monday, the Tampa Police Department released new statistics indicating a huge drop-off in red light camera (RLC) tickets issued following last fall's mandatory yellow light re-timings.
The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) required longer yellow light minimums at RLC intersections following 10 Investigates' breakthrough reporting last May.
And in February, 10 Investigates first reported how the longer yellows were cutting into Tampa's RLC profitsas fewer drivers were getting unfairly ticketed.
The number of RLC violations issued by the Tampa Police Department has dropped every month since September 2013, when the city's yellow lights started getting extensions:
Tampa Police also reported a drop in red light-related crashes at RLC intersections, dropping from 108 in the first year of its program to just 72 in the second year. But 10 Investigates has also identified a number of rear-end crashes at RLC intersections that were not included in the analysis.
The 10 Investigates team will continue to dig into the city's recently-released data.
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