Red light camera ticket refunds proposed in St. Petersburg

7:21 PM, Jan 8, 2014   |    comments
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ST. PETERSBURG, Florida -- City Councilman Wengay Newton says it's time for the city to give refunds to drivers wrongly ticketed by red light cameras.

Newton will bring the item up for discussion at the council's meeting on Thursday, Jan. 9.

"This was not a thing about safety, this was all about revenue," Newton told 10 News about the city's 33 red light cameras.

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St. Petersburg installed red light cameras in the fall of 2011.

During the first 13 months of St. Pete's red light camera program, Matt Florell of the website StPeteCameras.org says over 1,000 drivers were wrongly-ticketed.  Most were traveling Eastbound on 1st Ave. South at 34th Street, but there were a few other malfunctioning lights as well.

While St. Petersburg fixed its illegally-timed malfunctioning yellow lights, refunds were never issued. Newton hopes a new mayor and new councilmembers will change the dialogue.

"I'm hoping...they'll be more open to holding the city accountable to the level of perfection that they hold the drivers too."

Earlier this year on the campaign trail, Mayor Rick Kriseman said he would support refunds for those wrongly-ticketed.  When contacted last week, he said he needed more information before he could support the refund idea.


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