Kriseman Should Suspend the Red Light Camera Program

It is time for the Mayor to step up and put the St. Pete red light camera program on hold until the growing number of questions about its performance and management can be resolved.

Even some of the mayor's former legislative colleges are having appropriate concerns as a Bill limiting red light cameras moves forward in the State legislature.

The two newly elected members of City Council, Foster and Rice, ran on their opposition to the red light camera program and at least two more have voiced concern, Nurse and Kornell, along with the fact that over 50% of the people polled don't want the program.

The Mayors Public Safety Transition Team Report says "Data on red light camera citations suggest that their public safety impact is questionable. While red light cameras are a rich source of added revenue to the City and State, data have shown that two of the top infraction types being incurred by drivers are less dangerous than generally perceived (i.e., “right on red" cause less than% of the crashes,” and “blink-of-an-eye” infractions cause a very small percentage of collisions).It is recommended that the red light cameras be eliminated completely or eliminate the right on red and blink-of-an-eye violations." 

 At least a hold on the program should be a no brainer for the new Mayor. 

Why keep issuing tickets when the upcoming workshop and/or legislative action may shutdown or significantly alter the red light camera program?

Add to that the relative disdain which the Parking and Transportation Director focused on Matt Florell for even bringing forth questions and problems with the system. Given the lack of full disclosure of crash information by the Parking and Transportation Department, the Director's mere statements that everything is working just fine should be highly suspect.

Mr. Florell was never allowed to present his case at the Council meeting, even though the administration was allowed a full rebuttal.

 This treatment of citizens, who would question the red light camera program, I find arrogant and disgusting and it should not be allowed by Kriseman nor tolerated from his staff.

Mr. Florell will be allowed, we hope, to bring forth his information at the workshop.

Thankfully several Council members recognized Mr. Florell's efforts and expressed their appreciation.

It is time to put red light camera citations on hold, work out the issues, answer the questions, apply some common sense and if the program is to continue, relocate it somewhere in the organization where it can be properly managed.  The Police Department comes to mind.

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Johann January 13, 2014 at 10:08 AM
What a nice way to welcome tourists and fleece the residents. Nothing like returning to Ontario after your St. Pete vacation to find a RLC ticket in your mailbox. Just asinine what this City's elected officials have done, between this and closing the Pier....unbelievable.
Jack Sprat January 13, 2014 at 11:00 AM
We have friends from out of state who had that exact experience - imagine their surprise when they got the very threatening notice that essentially says, "If not paid immediately your fine will double and a warrant will be issued for your arrest." It was a right-on-red "infraction" that occurred while the cross traffic was turning left, so there was no (zero) likelihood of a collision. IT'S ALL ABOUT THE MONEY. Let's see if Foster and Rice stand up for us as promised. We'll have to wait and see if Kriseman comes through and supports his Public Safety Transition Team.
Dharma January 13, 2014 at 01:28 PM
Despite their campaign promise to help end the camera program both candidates Rice and Foster recently (post election) have made statements to indicate the opposite. If they break that platform promise I swear I will do everything in my power to see to it neither is elected again.
Jack Sprat January 13, 2014 at 03:58 PM
We have to wonder if there is such a thing as an honest politician, one who does what she says she will do....... "If you like your doctor......."
phyllis dodge January 14, 2014 at 12:12 PM
What does everybody have to hide? Why is everybody so afraid of cameras? Do what you are supposed to do by following the laws. Canadians especially. you are visiting us not us visiting you speak our language obey OUR rules. STOP ON RED and you will have no surprises. My friend was killed by a red light runner and to this day after 3 years that runner was never found. there is no such thing as an honest politician LOL Money is good. st pete residents whine and cry they want want want but no body wants to pay for anything. These cameras once they are fixed as they should is a win win. STOP ON RED and you wont get caught...I hope they keep them and just fix them. I will vote again for those in now whether they remove the cameras or not. the neighborhoods look like hell that is where reform should start in our communities.......
Jack Sprat January 14, 2014 at 12:44 PM
Phyllis makes some points for our consideration....... ----"Canadians especially. you are visiting us not us visiting you speak our language obey OUR rules" (we don't need Canadians in our fair city.....all they do is bring money to our local economy) ----"There is no such thing as an honest politician" (I will vote again for those in now whether they remove the cameras or not) ----"st pete residents whine and cry they want want want but no body wants to pay for anything" ----"These cameras once they are fixed as they should" (that is the point - once they are "fixed" they won't bring in as much money to the politicians) -----"I hope they keep them and just fix them" (see "fixed" above) -----"the neighborhoods look like hell that is where reform should start in our communities" (see "want want want" above) -----
Dharma January 14, 2014 at 01:34 PM
Yellow light anxiety can be more dangerous than someone doing a "California roll". Sorry for the loss of your friend, it is a shame, however. there are plenty of us experiencing this yellow light syndrome a good spell out from the intersection. That just isn't fair.
Walter Talley January 14, 2014 at 04:51 PM
The comment "there no such thing as a honest politician" should explained it all.
cheryl January 14, 2014 at 08:07 PM
Well, did you run a red light?
Pamela January 14, 2014 at 10:59 PM
If truth be told. The only people who complain are the red light runners and cell phone talkers and texters.The people who think this is a ploy of the city to gouge residents. .The cameras were here before the new mayor.It has cut accident rates at some intersections.I have seen these cameras allover the country.I have not seen how the cameras are costing us more then fire and ambulance and hospital stays for red light runners.We pay for that too.I drive with a camera in my vehicle and just because of poor driving habits and tend to sue .I have videoed cars running lights 5 to 10 seconds after red.These are aggressive drivers.If you complain about cost .Show us the cost.Most who complain is because they are used to getting away with bad behavior.If you don't like cost of a ticket.Don't drive like a id%t.obey the law or pay the piper.


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