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St. Pete city council member: city should refund red light violations

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St. Petersburg City Council discussing red light cameras, again. St. Petersburg City Council discussing red light cameras, again.
ST. PETERSBURG, FL (WFLA) - The red light camera issue has reared its ugly head in front of St. Petersburg City Council.

Councilman Wengay Newton is now calling for the city to refund any revenue it received from red light ordinance citations.

"It has come to my attention that we have numerous, up in the thousands, of law-abiding citizens receiving red light camera violations, ordinance violations beyond any of their control," Newton told fellow council members.

Related story: Red light cameras to stay in St. Petersburg

Newton pointed at possible outdated or malfunctioning equipment at those camera equipped intersections. The city's transportation and parking director, Joe Kubicki, says there is no evidence that's the case.

"There's been no malfunction. There's no problem with the traffic controllers in the field," Kubicki told the council. "There's no short cycling of the yellow time and everybody was given adequate time to stop at those traffic signals."

After the meeting, Kubicki told reporters he feels like there is a lot of misinformation about the red light camera program.

"I think the public is being fed misinformation," said Kubicki. "And this information is that due to some fallacy in the process people are being issued notices of violations in error. That is not true based on any investigation that we've been able to do, or the Florida Department of Transportation's been able to do. Or any of the other people who are responsible for overseeing this program."

Related story:  Big questions about St. Pete's red light cameras

City council members never voted on Newton's proposal.  Instead, they voted to hold a workshop on the red light camera issue. A date for that workshop has not yet been set, but it will be held within 30 days of the council's public safety and infrastructure meeting on January 16th.

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