ORANGE PARK, Fla. - Red light traffic cameras will soon monitor the roads in Orange Park.
Town leaders voted 3-2 Tuesday night to move forward with installing the cameras.
For the last three years, Orange Park has been planning to put red light cameras up because of the trend in traffic crashes.
"From my standpoint, it's a safety (issue)," said Gary Goble, Orange Park Chief of Police. "We work five to 600 crashes a year."
Goble said that since cameras were approved, American Traffic Solutions, the company the town is working with will put together a traffic study to decide where the cameras will go and how many will be installed.
Town Manager Cindy Hall said it's likely Park and Kingsley avenues will be an intersection chosen because of the many crashes that happen there. Orange Park drivers agree that intersection is a common spot to see red-light runners.
"There's two or three intersections, Kingsley at U.S. 17, and Kingsley here on Blanding (Boulevard). Those are two of the worst," driver Ron Dugan said.
There may just be one intersection chosen, although the intersection will have three cameras to get video of various approaches. If the study shows more cameras are necessary, the town will have more cameras installed.
Orange Park isn't the first place in the area to want red light cameras. Green Cove Springs already has five cameras up and Jacksonville will soon monitor intersections starting in January.
Tickets will come in the mail with a fine of $158. Of that money, $75 will go to local police, a portion will go to the state, and another portion to ATS. Will that be incentive enough to stop red-light running?
"I think when you hit people in the pocketbook, I do think they'll get the message," Dugan said.
There will be a 30-day grace period, including visible warnings like flyers and signs, and warnings in the mail if the camera catches drivers running a red light.
"It is what it is. It's a red light, and you're supposed to stop at it, not go through it," driver Paul Pletcher said.
Red light cameras are scheduled to be installed in Orange Park sometime in May.
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