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City of Clearwater lauches Stop on Red campaign
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City of Clearwater lauches Stop on Red campaign

Clearwater, Florida -- The City of Clearwater is launching a traffic safety camera enforcement campaign to increase public safety and reduce the number of crashes and injuries associated with red light running. The warning phase for Stop on Red will begin July 1.

The City of Clearwater identified three intersection approaches with a higher rate of red light running and red light running crashes based on data from 2009 to 2010.

Red light cameras will be located at the three identified intersection approaches:

  • Eastbound Gulf to Bay Boulevard at Belcher Road
  • Westbound Gulf to Bay Boulevard at Belcher Road
  • Eastbound Chestnut Street at Fort Harrison venue

Traffic safety cameras are operational 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, taking pictures and recording video. If a red light violation is caught on camera, the information is sent to the Clearwater Police Department, where police personnel will review the photos or video.

If a violation takes place, a citation is mailed to the vehicle owner. For the first 30 days, violators will receive a notice of violation without any fine.

Beginning July 31 (at 12:01 a.m.), a notice of violation will carry a $158 statutory penalty.

In Clearwater, over the past 3 years, there were 250 collisions at signalized intersections due to red light running. A 2011 study conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found fatal crash rates involving red light running were reduced by 24 percent in the 14 largest U.S. cities using safety cameras from 2004-2008. The use of cameras is proven to reduce the number of red light and speeding-related speeding traffic violations, as well as the number of red light and speeding-related collisions and injuries.

For more information on Clearwater's Traffic Safety Improvement Program, visit www.clearwaterpolice.org/stoponred/index.asp.

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