The city of Palatka will begin the installation of automated red light traffic cameras this week, the Palatka Police Department announced Tuesday.
After a 30-day public awareness campaign, cameras will begin taking photos of violators at designated intersections on or around Nov. 16. Cameras will capture still images and video of red-light running violators.
The Police Department said it will begin by issuing a notice of violation to red-light runners with a fine of $158. Red-light violators will be sent notices via first-class mail. If the notice is unpaid within 30 days, a uniform traffic citation will be issued and the fine will be increase, and the driver will also incur court costs, according to the Police Department.
The red-light safety cameras are located at the following intersections:
- St. Johns Avenue at State Road 19 -- Eastbound
- U.S. 17/State Road 100/Reid Street at 19th Street -- Westbound
- State Road 20/Crill at Palm Avenue -- Westbound
- U.S. 17/Reid Street at Ninth Street -- Westbound
Residents of Palatka can expect to see construction at the listed intersections over several weeks. As required by state statute, the Palatka Police Department is taking the 30-day period to notify residents of the upcoming changes to red light safety.
"The intent of this program is to enhance traffic safety for our residents," Police Chief Gary Getchell said in a news release. "Too many drivers choose to ignore traffic signals and risk the dangers of running through a red light. We want to change this behavior and encourage people to slow down and definitely stop on red. Hopefully, now drivers are thinking twice before putting lives at risk and running the red light."
Cameras will operate 24 hours a day and capture images of every vehicle running a red-light at the intersection. Warning signs alerting drivers to the red-light safety cameras have been installed prior to the intersection approach to remind drivers to drive safely.
The program is administered by American Traffic Solutions Inc., with each violation reviewed and approved by the Palatka Police Department prior to being issued. More information about the Automated Red Light Traffic Safety Program can be found on the Palatka Police Department website at palatkapd.com/intersection-safety.