Cameras at traffic lights have become a popular way to enforce safety on the roads. Unfortunately, they have also become a way to give out traffic citations to more Florida drivers.
Florida red light camera. Photo provided by dno1967b.
Florida red light cameras exist at specific intersections and are meant to prevent crashes at intersections, specifically during red lights. If you enter an intersection with a camera after the light turns red, the camera will snap a photo of your license plate, and you’ll be issued a ticket in the mail. If you’re already in the intersection when the light turns red, you won’t be cited.
According to the City of Tampa’s website, close to 2 million crashes a year happen in an intersection. In 2010, 642 intersection crashes in Hillsborough County were caused by running red lights, the website notes.
The following intersections have cameras that track cars that run red lights in Tampa, according to the city’s website:
1. Eastbound E. Fowler Avenue at N. Nebraska Avenue
2. Westbound E. Busch Boulevard at N. Nebraska Avenue
3. Southbound N. Nebraska Avenue at E. Busch Boulevard
4. Northbound N. Nebraska Avenue at E. Fowler Avenue
5. Westbound E. Hillsborough Avenue at N. Nebraska Avenue
6. Northbound N. Nebraska Avenue at E. Hillsborough Avenue
7. Eastbound E. Hillsborough Avenue at N. 40th Street
8. Westbound E. Hillsborough Avenue at N. 40th Street
9. Northbound N. 40th Street at E. Hillsborough Avenue
10. Eastbound E. Hillsborough Avenue at N. 22nd Street
11. Westbound E. Hillsborough Ave at N. 22nd Street
12. Eastbound W. Waters Avenue at N. Florida Avenue
13. Southbound N. Florida Avenue at E. Waters Avenue
14. Northbound N. Florida Avenue at E. Waters Avenue
15. Southbound N. Florida Avenue at E. Busch Boulevard
16. Eastbound E. Busch Boulevard at N. Florida Avenue
17. Westbound E. Busch Boulevard at N. Florida Avenue
18. Westbound W Waters Avenue at N. Armenia Avenue
19. Southbound N. Armenia Avenue at W. Waters Avenue
20. Eastbound W. Waters Avenue at N. Armenia Avenue
21. Northbound N. Armenia Avenue at W. Hillsborough Avenue
22. Southbound N. Himes Avenue at W. Hillsborough Avenue
23. Northbound N. Lois Avenue at W. Hillsborough Avenue
24. Eastbound E. Adamo Drive at S. 50th Street.
25. Northbound S. 50th Street at E. Adamo Drive
26. Southbound S. 50th Street at E. Adamo Drive
27. Eastbound W. Kennedy Boulevard at N. Ashley Drive
28. Eastbound S. Dale Mabry Highway at W. Kennedy Boulevard
29. Northbound S. Dale Mabry Highway at W. Kennedy Boulevard
30. Southbound S. Dale Mabry Highway at W. Gandy Boulevard
31. Eastbound W. Gandy Boulevard at S. Dale Mabry Highway
32. Eastbound N. Dale Mabry Highway at W. Columbus Drive
33. Westbound N. Dale Mabry Highway at W. Columbus Drive
34. Southbound S. Manhattan Avenue at W. Gandy Boulevard
35. Eastbound W. Gandy Boulevard at S. Manhattan Avenue
36. Westbound W. Gandy Boulevard at S. Manhattan Avenue
37. Westbound W. Gandy Boulevard at S. Westshore Boulevard
38. Eastbound W. Gandy Boulevard at S. Westshore Boulevard
39. Northbound S. Westshore Boulevard at W. Gandy Boulevard
These red light cameras, and the traffic laws that accompany them, are relatively new, and a lot of people have chosen to fight their red light infraction in court.
Over the last several months, several cases regarding Florida red light cameras have been questioned. Some judges in the area have even questioned the constitutionality of the camera traffic citation process. I hope to continue to inform you on the development of these cases in future blog posts.
If you have received this traffic citation, or any others, and would like to learn more about your rights, feel free to reach out to me at (813) 251-8200 or email me at Jeremiah@JeremiahDAllen.com.