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Future of St. Pete red light cameras up for vote

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Red light cams may become history in St. Pete soon Red light cams may become history in St. Pete soon
ST. PETERSBURG, FL (WFLA) - Since St. Petersburg installed red light cameras in 2011, drivers have been fighting the $158 fine. Thursday morning the City Council will vote on whether to break the contract with American Traffic Solutions.

Council member Wengay Newton says in the agenda, "With the vast amount of groundswell of public perception and the numerous problems that have been verified with the red light cameras, we have a moral obligation to act to protect the law abiding citizens."

St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman announced Wednesday in a memo that if the cameras don't make more than it costs to run them, he'll drop the deal in September.

According to a city report during the first year of the program, the cameras captured 36,000 offenders. The second year that number was down to 26,000.

The meeting starts at 8:30 a.m. Thursday. The council will also discuss giving refunds for 1700 drivers ticketed at cameras with "short yellow lights."
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