Sarasota’s Red-Light Cameras

Mon, Feb 13, 2012

General Legal Issues


Sarasota's red-light camerasRed-light cameras have been the talk of Sarasota for months, with many citizens and officials staunchly for or against them. SmithLaw found a little bit more about the subject for its blog readers.

Red-light cameras are a response to the many accidents caused by running red lights. The Florida Highway Administration’s site reports that crashes that involve red-light runners caused 762 deaths in 2008 and injure approximately 165,000 people each year. Here is their link to more data and statistics surrounding the issue. The thought is that knowing you are on camera and will pay a fine will make people think twice about running a red light, and therefore make intersections safer.

Red-light cameras are also a way for cities to make money. The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reported in Dec 2011 that the city of Sarasota will make about $165,000 off the red light cameras the first year.

Either way, red light cameras are now in full swing. Here’s some brief info about how they work in Sarasota County:

  • There are rules about right turns on red, right turns on red when it specifically states no right turn on red, and rules about driving straight or turning left through an intersection on red.
  • There is a camera taking two photos of the vehicle running the red light. Each photo is reviewed before issuing a Notice of Violation.
  • No points are issued from the red-light running violation caught on camera. The fine starts at $158—it can be more if the city issues a Uniform Traffic Citation.

The Sarasota Police Department has a page on their website with detailed information, including the location of the cameras. It can be found here.

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