PEMBROKE PINES (CBS4) – The City of Pembroke Pines is no longer going to give red light runners a warning. Last month, four new red light cameras were activated but police allowed drivers time to get used to the new cameras and only gave warnings to violators, until now.

Tickets began being issued Sunday, May 15th. Drivers will face a 158-dollar ticket if caught on camera running a red light.

The new cameras are located at these four intersections:

NB Flamingo Road at Sheridan Street
EB Pines Blvd. at 118th Avenue
EB Johnson Street at Colony Point Drive
WB Pembroke Road at SW 129th Avenue

Cameras that were already in operation are located at:

NB Dykes Road at Pines Boulevard
EB SW 129th Avenue at Pines Boulevard
EB Taft Street at North Hiatus Road
NB North Hiatus Road at Taft Street
NB SW 136th Avenue at Pines Boulevard

 Click here to see a map of some of the red light cameras across South Florida. Click Here to send CBSMiami your red lights to add to the map.

The city is expected to activate 19 more cameras at these locations: Both directions of Pines at 136th Avenue, Flamingo Road, Palm Avenue, University Drive and 72nd Avenue; eastbound Pines at Dykes Road and Southwest 150th Avenue/Grand Palms Drive; westbound Pines at Northwest 155th Avenue; northbound Flamingo at Pines; and southbound University at Pines.

According to the City of Pembroke Pines web site, the goal of the red light camera program is to reduce red-light running violations, crashes, and injuries without impacting city funds.

But do red light cameras make sense financially?

The goal is to pay for them with the money collected from tickets. But Pembroke Pines Mayor Frank Ortis said the city has not made any money yet. In fact, the costs of the running the cameras and prosecuting the tickets have been higher than the money collected from tickets.

CBS4 asked then why do they want to install 19 more cameras? The mayor said it’s a public safety matter.

“If we save lives even one or two lives, I’m very happy about that,” Mayor Ortis said.

When pressed for an answer about who has been paying for the cameras he referred CBS4 to the city attorney who told CBS4’s Silva Harapetian that the city has so far paid the company that installed the cameras $95,000.

But the city attorney could not say where that money came from. The income from red light violators is not enough to pay for the cameras; and it’s unclear if the taxpayers have been footing the bill.

But Mayor Ortis said what really matters is lives.

The state’s Revenue Estimating Conference has projected that red light camera programs will bring roughly $100 million into the state and $75 million into local governments over the next two years.

Comments (3)
  1. Ruth Lee says:

    What about how many lives are lost at the toll booths? Why don’t they take those down to save lives?

    Also, studies show that the red light cameras merely change the accidents from t-bones to rear-ends, with no effect on lives lost, but with hundreds of millions in revenue for the cities that install them. It is actions like this that make us not trust our government representatives!

    1. Local says:

      Ruth Lee, your statement is false. Independent studies show that accidents are reduced, and rear-end collisions are not as dangerous as T-bones which have a much higher mortality rate. For a period of time while drivers acclimate to the new technology there is a slight uptick in Rear Ends but statistically reduce over time. Check your facts.

      1. IRUNREDLIGHTS says:

        Actually Local, Ruth Lee is correct.. is a 4 year study by FDOT, the number if intersection rear ends has increased drastically due to the number of people slamming on their brakes to not run the light. Your so called Independent studies are performed by who else?… the cities that install the cameras and the company that works on them.

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