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Four new red light cameras activated
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Four new red light cameras activated

Manatee County, Florida -- On the heels of a report to the County Commission that red light cameras are improving traffic safety at some of the country's busiest intersections, four red light cameras were acrivated today at three Manatee County intersections.

The new red light camera intersections are:

  • Southbound traffic on 26th Street W. at Cortez Road
  • Westbound traffic along State Road 70 at Tara Boulevard
  • Northbound traffic at U.S. 301 and the southbound approach at 60th Avenue East near the Ellenton Premium Outlets

Last October Manatee County activated red light cameras at 53rd Avenue and 34th Street West and at 57th Avenue East and 15th Street East. Since that time Manatee County Code Enforcement officials say the cameras have worked to make those busy intersections safer.

Code Enforcement Chief Joe Fenton told County Commissioners today that red light cameras are working well toward curbing red light running in Manatee. He thanked Melissa Wandall for championing the cause to make local roadways safer. Wandall’s husband Mark was killed in Manatee County by a red light runner in 2003 at the intersection of S.R. 70 and Tara Boulevard.

Traffic violations at Manatee’s two red light intersections have gone from a high of 1,297 last November to only 255 in April, 2013. Drivers who run red lights at Manatee County intersections are subject to a $158 fine.  

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