Lights, Camera…Fine.

 $158 to be exact.

In just about two weeks Coral Springs will install cameras at two busy intersections: Riverside Drive and University Drive, and Riverside Drive and Sample Road to catch drivers who run red lights according to CBS4 partner The Miami Herald.  

City police told the paper that these two intersections are high risk areas and account for an increasing number of accidents.

Vehicles that pass the stop line after the light turns red will be captured in two photos and a video clip. A police officer trained in red-light camera enforcement will then look over the images and decide whether or not a violation has occurred.  If found guilty a fine of $158 will be sent to the vehicle’s registered owner.

Violators have 30 days to pay the fine or challenge it in court. If not paid within 30 days, it is then considered a standard traffic infraction and the fine is beefed up to $263.

City officials told the paper only warning notices will be given to red-light runners during the first 30 days of the program, not actual fines.

The city intends to install red-light cameras at seven intersections by the year’s end.

Signs will be posted at intersections with the newly installed cameras, and city officials plan to mount a public awareness campaign about the presence of the cameras.  

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Comments (6)
  1. Tony says:

    This is not about safety… it’s about revenue. While every other municipality in Florida that has bought into this scam is rethinking their decision and its legality, CS is going ahead with it? Who’s in charge, and how can we get them fired?

    If you want to improve safety, the timing of the lights is the way to go; not this rip-off of the motoring public.

    1. carol says:

      Of COURSE its about revenue…The city needs money…but who is going to pay for what the city needs? how bout a tax increase and we ALL pay…OR…we can have people who break the law pay….hmmm….i vote B…I dont run red lights, im never in that big of a hurry. But i tend to speed…and when i got a ticket for it, i sucked it up because i knew i was wrong.

      Let the drivers decide…if you are in a big hurry, and cant wait for that red light, then go right on through…it will only cost you $158 bucks

  2. Chucky... says:

    well, that’s just great guys.

    You make easy for one community to do this annoying and legally questionable money collection thing; then every community gets to do it. Just jump on the gravy train bandwagon.

    Do you have an extra $160 to shell-out because someone doesn’t like the way you made a right-on-red? Those are over 90 percent of the citations, you know.

    When are people going to understand, it’s real easy to give governemnt this kind of abject and insipid power, it’s real hard to take it back.

    Here’s an idea. Instead of digging into people’s pockets, why not try something more benign like PSA’s first? See how people respond to that enlightened measure.

    Information rather than apparent retaliation.

    1. carol says:

      a PSA….you are kidding, right? i remember the PSAs when MADD first started. Didnt seem to help much…the law changes did though.

  3. Jon W says:

    City of Hollywood put these in a while back and ADMITTED what a waste of money it was!! DONT THEY EVER LEARN?? STOP WASTING TAX DOLLARS !!

  4. swcash says:

    Well guess what gentlemen? Monkey see monkey do. What our idiot lawmakers do in California, the rest of the sheeple in the nation follow suite. My brother just received a “courtesy notice” from the City of Riverside california for a Red light camera violation. The fine is $490.00 if paid by the appearance datye or else an additional $300 will be added on to the fine.
    This is no joke, I am reading the notice as I type this. The real problem however is my brother has no money due to his hospitalization for the last 3 months. He was hospitalized when the violation occurred. In order to plead his case he is required to post the full amount of the fine as bail. $490 If he wins his “trial” he will get a refund.
    So for all of you folks that are defending this unfair and unjust system, some time may you be fortunate enough to be able to contribute you hard earned money or your valuable time to try and see justice served. The more power you give your rulers, the more corrupt they will get until they get to your pockletbook.
    Disgusted in California.
    I forgot to mention that the City of Riverside is in the next Coubty about 40 miles from our home in Anaheim.. We are looking at a minimum of two appearances in court.