St. Petersburg, Florida -- Newly-released numbers show that total number of crashes at intersections have actually increased in St. Pete's first year with red light cameras, instead of decreasing as city council members originally thought.
A Tampa Bay Times report reveals the numbers were left off a 122-page report the City Council received in May from the City in order to tout their safety when, in fact, crashes had actually jumped at the intersections from 298 to 328 between November 2011 and October 2012.
The newspaper goes on to say that City staff used deceptive tactics to mislead the City Council and the taxpayers by reporting data on "red light-related" crashes and in comparing crashes to a prior 3-year average instead of compared to the previous year.
City staffers reportedly compiled the latest report with the new numbers after Mayor Bill Foster expressed interest in installing nine more cameras to add to the 10 already installed at various intersections.
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