Two more cities turn off red light cameras

Turning off red light cameras

PINELLAS COUNTY, Florida - By the end of this weekend, there will be just three red light cameras issuing tickets in all of Pinellas County.

South Pasadena's cameras will issue their last tickets on Saturday, just days after Gulfport joined St. Petersburg, Kenneth City, and Oldsmar in turning off their cameras amid controversy.

The only remaining cameras in operation in Pinellas County are at two Clearwater intersections.

INTERACTIVE MAP: Red light camera additions, removals

The automated ticketing systems have always had critics, but after years worth of 10Investigates' stories exposing red light camera abuses - and debunking many safety claims from the industry and its supporters - dozens of Florida cities are deciding the cameras are no longer worth the trouble.

10Investigates first exposed how many Florida cities were reducing the length of their yellow lights to potentially dangerous intervals after installing red light cameras. That increased the number of tickets issued - often dramatically.

But the story helped push the state of Florida to mandate longer yellow lights statewide. The extension resulted in plummeting ticket revenues in many places, eliminating most municipal profit from the cameras' operation. The overwhelming majority of most $158 tickets in Florida are now split between the state and camera vendors.

Find 10 Investigates reporter Noah Pransky on Facebook or follow his updates on Twitter. Send your story tips confidentially to npransky@wtsp.com.


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