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Red Light Camera Violator of the Week: Close Call

An SUV slides over a lane to miss cross traffic, making Clearwater Police's Red Light Camera Violator of the Week.

It is a close call when an SUV, at the tail end of a group of vehicles running a red light at Chestnut Street and Ft. Harrison Avenue, slides a lane over to evade cross traffic.

It also is Clearwater Police's Red Light Camera Violator of the Week. The violation comes with a $158 fine.

The video was posted on the Clearwater Police Facebook Page Feb. 13.

Here is what some viewers said:

T.j. Ohlemeier: "These idiots are why riding a motorcycle is so dangerous."

Sheila Pemberton Kynion: "It looks like 4 vehicles ran that red light!! The one right behind the big truck may have the excuse that the light was not visible to him, but the rest, NO EXCUSE!"

Susan Zilligen Krzyston Fults: "I drive this strip regularly and lots of folks run the light then the merge shortly there after is quite ugly. I talk to the cameras as I pass them yet they dont talk back and take no action to make anything safer. What are the cams doing other than creating revenue??"

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David Conkle February 19, 2013 at 01:34 PM
Wait, the red light cameras did not stop some from running a red light. I thought these devices were supposed to make us safer and stop all the red-light runners. Oh well, at least the state, city and vendors continue to make their millions of dollars. That's the most important thing, right?
Gary Huckleberry February 19, 2013 at 01:49 PM
It's all about money. No cops = no crime.
monique thomas February 19, 2013 at 04:07 PM
Posted in the Lutz Patch 9:17 pm on Sunday, February 17, 2013 Few people are aware of this, but the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) changed their rules on how long yellow intervals must be in July 2011. The newer rules allow cities to deliberately and maliciously set yellows too short for the ACTUAL approach speeds of at least 85% of the vehicles (safest way to set yellow lengths). This allows cities to literally create thousands of split second violations by deliberately mis-engineering their lights with yellows too short for the actual traffic speeds. These split second violations by 0.3 or 0.9 seconds into the red would not occur at all if the lights were timed for maximum safety and minimum violations using the correct length yellows for the ACTUAL approach speeds of traffic. WHY would FDOT allow cities to deliberately create thousands of violations with mis-engineered traffic lights using too-short yellows? Well, the state gets $83 of each $158 ticket without paying any part of the high $4,000 to $5,000 per month per camera costs - a total of $51 million in revenue last year. Can you connect the one important DOT that created this predatory revenue stream? (pun intended) Red light cameras are a for-profit business partnership between the state, a camera vendor and a city willing to mis-engineer their traffic lights for maximum ticket revenue instead of for maximum safety. They are a scam that must end. James C. Walker, National Motorists Association
TS February 19, 2013 at 10:28 PM
Since most people that post on this subject are against camera's .How would you help stop this dangerous epidemic ? Some say more cops. With the tax base and budget cuts soon we are going to have to patrol the streets. Today I notice more people ignoring the rules and laws of the road. Very few people now how to drive safely. often someone passes in the Rt turn lane or passes in the Lt turn lane only to pull back in front of the traffic. People do not use the solid yellow lines as a no passing zone. People are passing in a intersection. Speeding is just about constant. if you drive the speed limit, people run up onto you with pressure to go faster. People don't stop at stop signs completely.These are just a few incident's I have witnessed this passed month. Will this crazy dangerous driving stop ? No one cares about anybody else. Very sad. What have we become ? The police are never around to witness these dangerous acts of selfishness.So it's up to us to not do these things. Just think ,will you about other people for once. Be Safe.
Zigsauered February 20, 2013 at 10:25 PM
Like most of the world do away with traffic devices. This causes people to focus on the traffic and not the devices. No one wants an accident no fault or not. A English study was conducted on signal devices with evidence of significantly less accidents without the them. (see Goggle) People running lights at the least believe they judge the situation safe, and understand what to expect if an accident does occur. Sometimes things go wrong just like people that watch only the signal device. I would be satisfied if every light had a camera provided that they are checked to make sure the yellow light wasn't tipped in the treasury's favor. This would be the only way to stop people from paying more attention to moving traffic than a signaling device?

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