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St. Pete to hold workshop about controversial red light cameras

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Red light cameras were once again the hot topic before St. Petersburg city leaders during a meeting Thursday morning. Red light cameras were once again the hot topic before St. Petersburg city leaders during a meeting Thursday morning.
Red light cameras were once again the hot topic before St. Petersburg city leaders during a meeting Thursday morning. Red light cameras were once again the hot topic before St. Petersburg city leaders during a meeting Thursday morning.
ST PETERSBURG, FL (WFLA) -

Red light cameras were once again the hot topic before St. Petersburg city leaders during the city's public safety and infrastructure meeting Thursday morning.

Joe Kubicki, the city's transportation and parking director says the cameras are working and the number of accidents in intersections that are equipped with the cameras are down.

"In our case, it was a 28-percent reduction almost right on the nose," said Kubicki.

"What's happening is fewer people are running red lights at these locations. Fewer people are getting caught. And, next year we would hope we will see, if the statistics from other communities are right, a 15 to 20 percent additional reduction."

But, some city leaders are still not convinced.

Councilman Wengay Newton had previously proposed refunding all of the money that the city received as a result of the cameras.

Today, he asked a St. Petersburg Police officer what other crimes the cameras have caught.

"Of all those citations that were issued by the red light camera program, how many dangerous individuals or impaired individuals were taken off the street? How many weapons seized? Drugs? Bad people arrested from that program?" asked Newton.

"The short answer is zero," replied the officer.

The council voted to hold a workshop on the cameras. That workshop is scheduled to take place within 30 days. A date and time has not yet been set.


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