Lakeland city commissioners are considering whether to add as many as 15 more red light cameras to intersections around the community.
Commissioners held a workshop Friday to hear a presentation from Lakeland Police. The police department says additional cameras could save lives.
"I think expanding the red light program is going to give us another one of those tools that we need to make the roads safer," explained Officer Scott Wisneski who oversees the city's red light camera program.
Currently Lakeland has nine red light cameras at five different intersections. Lakeland Police would like to see that number increased to 15 cameras at 10 additional intersections.
"Traditionally, you know, the answer was just flood the street with more cops. Unfortunately in today's times we don't have the resources or the financial ability to do that," Wisneski said.
Adding more red light cameras does come with a cost, and many critics claim communities who have the cameras are just trying to generate revenue.
Lakeland Mayor Gow Fields says that's simply not the case.
"The commission made a policy decision that any revenue generated from the program would go to support the arts and some other outside agencies in this community, so that the entire community benefited from it as opposed to the government," Fields said.
Commissioners didn't make any decision today about whether to add red light cameras, and they didn't set any future date for a vote on the issue.
"I think most of the commissioners want a chance to let the public hear through the media what happened at today's meeting and get some input from the public before they'll be ready to make a final decision on it," Fields said.
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