Jacksonville City Council OKs red light cameras

Police say cameras could reduce traffic fatalities by 50%

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A bill authorizing the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office to use cameras to spot red-light runners and issue tickets was passed by City Council on Tuesday night, and the cash-strapped police are expected to waste no time getting them installed.

The city has plans to put 25 "traffic infraction detectors" at 18 of Jacksonville's most heavily traveled intersections. (See full list of locations at bottom of this story.)

The number of people killed in traffic crashes is up substantially so far this year -- 95 in 2012 -- and police believe the red light cameras at these intersections could decrease fatalities by up to 50 percent.

The Sheriff's Office hopes its contractor, Redflex, will have the first cameras installed in January, but signs warning motorists of the cameras will be going up in advance. For the first month the cameras are operational, only a warning will be mailed to the address of the registered owner of the car. After that, a fine of $158 per infraction will be mailed. If the ticket is not paid within 30 days, the fee goes up to $262.

The city expects violations caught by the cameras will bring in $1.5 million in revenue next year.

A Sheriff's Office spokeswoman said an officer will review every citation issued as a result of a red light camera. While there will be no additions to staff, there will be an increased workload for those officers reviewing online reports.

Police say using the cameras is more than a question of revenue. They are hoping the cameras will serve as a deterrent to motorists going through red lights, which will cut down on crashes.

Here are the locations the Sheriff's Office is targeting for red light cameras:

103rd Streetat Ricker RoadWestbound
Atlantic Boulevardat University BoulevardSouthbound
Atlantic Boulevardat Southside BoulevardEastbound
Atlantic Boulevardat Southside BoulevardWestbound
Atlantic Boulevardat Monument RoadEastbound
Atlantic Boulevardat Monument RoadWestbound
Baymeadows Roadat Southside BoulevardEastbound
Baymeadows Roadat Southside BoulevardWestbound
Baymeadows Roadat Interstate 295 (S.R. 9A)  Eastbound
Baymeadows Roadat Interstate 295 (S.R. 9A)Westbound
Beach Boulevardat University Boulevard Eastbound    
Beach Boulevardat University BoulevardWestbound
Beach Boulevardat Southside BoulevardEastbound
Beach Boulevardat Southside BoulevardWestbound
Beach Boulevardat Hodges BoulevardEastbound
Beach Boulevardat Interstate 295 (S.R. 9A)Westbound
Blanding Boulevardat Argyle Forest Boulevard  Eastbound
Blanding Boulevardat Collins RoadNorthbound
Blanding Boulevardat Collins RoadSouthbound
Blanding BoulevardYoungerman CircleNorthbound
Claire LaneSan Jose BoulevardNorthbound
Claire LaneSan Jose BoulevardSouthbound
Firestone Roadat 103rd StreetEastbound
Gate Parkwayat Southside BoulevardWestbound
Southside Boulevardat Touchton RoadSouthbound

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