Lakeland, Florida -- Beginning Sept. 1, the City of Lakeland added nine red-light safety cameras at six intersections.
The new additions will bring the number of red light cameras at city intersections to 11.
For 30 days after the launch, authorities will issue warning notices without fines for red-light running violations captured by the new cameras. The warning period gives drivers time to adjust to the presence of 24-hour enforcement. Once the warning phase ends, police will issue citations with $158 fines for running a red light.
The new red-light safety cameras are located at the following intersections:
- WB W Memorial Blvd @ Martin L King Jr Ave/ North Dakota Ave
- WB E Memorial Blvd @ N Massachusetts Ave
- EB E Memorial Blvd @ N Massachusetts Ave
- NB Harden Blvd @ W Beacon Rd
- SB Harden Blvd @ North Pkwy Frontage Rd
- NB Bartow Rd/US 98 @ N Crystal Lk
- SB Bartow Rd/US 98 @ N Crystal Lk
- SB US 98 @ Griffin Rd
- NB US 98 @ Griffin Rd
MAP: Bay area Red light & Yellow light locations
The City says a 10th camera location is still under consideration based on future FDOT construction at the North Florida and Memorial Boulevard location.
The City reports since it began its photo enforcement program, red-light running violations at intersections with cameras have fallen 77% from the first full month of operation in June 2009 compared with April 2013.
Another indication that the program is improving driver behavior is the 11 percent recidivism rate, which shows that 89% of vehicle owners who received a red-light running violation from June 2009 through April 2013 did not get a second ticket, indicating drivers are getting the message to stop on red.
"This is a public safety program that deters red-light running crashes by changing driver behavior. In our community, drivers are getting the message to stop on red. We know that red-light safety cameras are making our streets safer and saving lives," said Lakeland's Police Chief Lisa Womack.