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Yellow light controversy continues in St. Petersburg

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Matt Florell is concerned about the length of yellow lights Matt Florell is concerned about the length of yellow lights
ST PETERSBURG, FL (WFLA) - A critic of St. Petersburg's red light cameras says discrepancies in yellow light lengths led to tickets in 2012, and he's taking his concerns to the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee meeting today.
  
"I have reviewed many red light camera citation videos going frame by frame and have confirmed that the yellow time in  some of those videos is shorter than the yellow time that the city had set the controllers to," said Matt Florell on Wednesday.
 
Florell also said the grade, or slope of the road leading into an intersection should be considered when setting yellow light standards, according to FDOT engineers.  He believes the grade was not taken into account at 1st. Ave. and 34th St. South, and he made the statement during a city council meeting last week.  He also believes the city should refund drivers who received citations at that intersection the last two years.

St. Petersburg director of Transportation and Parking Management, Joe Kubicki, denies yellow light timing issues and said the city has confirmed all yellow light times at the 10 red-light camera intersections and all meet FDOT and transportation engineer yellow time requirements.

"All were approved by FDOT staff", said Kubicki.

Kubicki also said his department listened to Florell's concerns about grade formulas used to time the yellow light at the 1st Ave and 34th Street South intersection and has already taken appropriate steps to correct it.  He said the department had used an older FDOT recommendation.

"We certainly don't support that...there's no precedent for doing that...there's no ability for the city to even do that sort of thing," said Kubicki.  "The red-light cameras are all operating well and accidents are way down as a result. The message to the public is, the program works."

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