3 Good evening. This incident happened back in April at the intersection of Crill and Palm Avenues in Palatka. Joe Shofner says he and his father, had only a short time to get to the hospital to see his brother, before he passed away. Shofner soon found that he owed the city nearly three hundred dollars. Today-- he paid the ticket. But says, it's the principle of the matter. Channel 4's Ashley Harding was in Palatka today and spoke with Shofner. Ashley's joins us live in our newsroom, Ashley? 3 3 3 3 Shofner was caught at just one of six red light cameras in Palatka. He says all he and his dad were thinking about was getting to see his brother, who by the way, died that same night. What's more is, he says he wasn't even given a chance to tell his story in court. 3 14-2142-531'09-1'24"We got in the truck, and I drove my father over to try to get there in time." TRACK Joe Shofner remembers the day he rushed himself and his father to the hospital after hearing the news that his younger brother, Thomas, was dying of heart failure."We came to to this intersection. I stopped...most all the way, if not, all the way. I had my hazard lights on. I proceeded through the intersection. Nobody was coming." TRACK Two weeks later, he got a ticket in the mail...saying he'd been caught on camera and owed the city nearly three hundred dollars. He says he and his father both went to court, but were never allowed to explain what happened. "There's emergencies that come up. We've all seen policemen blow through them just because they didn't want to sit through a light. It's not about being impatient. We were in a hurry to get to the hospital." "Some drivers we spoke with have said they don't like red light cameras. But area police say they have made a difference. But in the case of an emergency, your best bet is to still drive as safely as possibly." "it's never a good option to violate the laws of the road." TRACK We spoke with Assistant Chief of Police James Griffith, who says in emergency situations ...his officers won't provide escorts. But says drivers should still be in contact with officers."If they call 911, they're going to be put through to central dispatch which can alert any agencies that they're passing through...traveling through, they can alert the officers as to what's going on." TRACK Shofner now writes a check to pay off the money he owes.He hopes sharing his story will bring change. "It would be nice. I feel like these cameras are unconstitutional anyway. And, we need more police officers everywhere." 3 As many of our viewers know, many cities in Northeast Florida alone have installed red light cameras.Including Jacksonville, Orange Park and Green Cove Springs. But there have been court challenges to these cameras... and several lawmakers have pre-filed bills that would repeal the law that made the cameras possible. 3 Ashley, you mentioned earlier that Shofner said he was never allowed to share his story in court. Did the clerk of court say anything about that -- whether or not that's unusual?Answer:I asked him that and he told me that in his personal experience ....a defendant is given the opportunity to share their story.But of course, it's up to the hearing officer. But he also mentioned this is the trouble with these mechanical devices.You lose that human contact and that ability to talk with an officer about why you ran the red.