Running a red light at Tennessee and Monroe St., may cost you a $125 fine.
“I don’t have a problem with the cameras being at the light; however, I feel that in a way it’s going to cause more problems, because sometimes you have no choice but to keep driving,” said Quinton Veal, a third year criminal justice student from Miami.
FAMU Police Department Officer Kenneth Clay said the red-light camera is a small device
that will be set up on
the back of the light that will snap a tag number when the car runs the light. A concern that a lot of drivers have is if the camera will accurately capture those who ran the light versus those who got caught under an initial yellow light.
“The cameras have a timer installed in them, that most people aren’t aware of, so as long as you’re across a certain point after the light turn red you’re safe; otherwise, good luck to you.” Clay said.
The plan is to promote safe driving on roads and highways in the Tallahassee area. In fact, most drivers are occupied with other distractions such as talking on the phone, texting or even changing the station on their radio. Another reason most people run lights, is due to late night activities, such as going to the clubbing and drinking under the influence.
“Most college students are usually leaving the club at 2 a.m and a great deal are under the influence, which cause them to be less aware of their surroundings and how they’re driving,” said Jamicia Gordon, a fourth year biology student from Jacksonville. “I can see this is where most students will get surprised when they get a ticket in the mail.”
For answers to frequently asked questions about traffic regulations in and around Tallahassee, including other locations with stop light cameras, fine amounts and your options if you receive a ticket, visit http://www.talgov.org/communications/pdf/rlcp.pdf