Mayor gives green light to red light cameras
Brown will deliver budget to council Monday
Mayor Alvin Brown gave the green light to red light camera revenue with his city budget proposal that he will officially unveil on Monday.
After cutting hundreds of public employee positions to make ends meet, the city hopes cameras at hectic intersections will help raise some revenue.
The city will install 25 red light cameras across town in September with the expectation they will generate $1.5 million next year from violators caught on camera.
Taxpayers and drivers are divided on the issue.
"I don't think it's fair because some of them don't get the right license plate and stuff like that and I know a friend who, it's not even his car and it has license plate on it and it was a green light actually so I think they should take better care of them first and test them out before they actually start giving tickets to people," said Victoria Douglas.
John Rowe feels differently.
"Cuts down on people paying taxes so they won't need as much," He said.
Jessica Byrd has paid the price. She was hit by a car that ran a red light at U.S. 1 and Old St. Augustine Road.
"It's a merge, so it's kind of a difficult intersection and someone ran it and hit me in the back but not too bad it was OK," Byrd said.
The city is hoping these cameras cut down on crashes and hold red light violators accountable.
"A camera or a cop, I mean, if you're doing the wrong thing, you're responsible," Byrd said.
Brown will address the city council and present his budget on Monday, July 16 at 9 a.m. You can watch the address streaming live on News4Jax.com.
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