TAMPA - Hillsborough County's red light cameras were designed to catch drivers running through red lights. They're now catching drivers running into other cars, sheriff's deputies said.
The county's Red Light Runners Beware! program has been issuing tickets since late December, and have sent out approximately 16,000 notices, said Sheriff's Corporal Darrin Barlow. The cameras have recently caught several traffic accidents caused by red light runners.
"We expected that," said Barlow. "These are some of our most dangerous intersections, places we knew accidents were occuring." Barlow says the accidents are near misses, and were only a second or two from becoming deadly accidents. "One second either way on some of these and we've got a fatality."
The county has ten cameras installed at six intersections, but they are not overly popular with some drivers. Amy Zollo watched one red light camera and commented, "I think they're more of a distraction than a good thing. I don't like them."
The Sheriff's Office has created a couple of videos highlighting red light runners .
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