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Some Tampa Bay traffic lights will stay yellow longer

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Change is coming to Tampa Bay area intersections with red light cameras. Lights will stay yellow for slightly longer by the end of this year.

The Florida Department of Transportation is requiring cities and counties to increase yellow light times at red light camera intersections by .4 seconds.

"That .4 seconds we're hoping will help people," explained Florida DOT Spokeswoman Kris Carson.

State Senate Transportation Committee Chairman Jeff Brandes says he pushed for the increased time because some cities and counties have shortened their yellow light lengths in recent years to generate extra revenue from tickets.

"I think that's a start. I don't know that that's enough," explained Brandes.

Brandes recently filed a bill that would ban cities and counties from profiting from red light cameras.

"They're basically padding their budgets on the backs of increased fees from drivers, many who can't afford the red light camera fees," explained Brandes. "For the most part, I think this has been a failed experiment.  I think the data really struggles to show that it reduces accidents."

Florida generated more than $100 million from red light camera tickets in 2012.

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