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City of Campbellton Hopes Red Light Cameras Keep Rolling

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You may not notice them when you drive but red light cameras are always watching. And if you choose to speed up at the yellow light rather than slow may get a ticket.

They've been a controversial issue ever since lawmakers allowed them, but this week a house committee made progress with a bill that would repeal them.

Campbellton is the only place here in our area home to a red light camera and the town says putting the red light on red light cameras, would be a huge mistake.

"We just believe it's indispensable to our town," said Commissioner Wanda Moore with Campbellton's Town Hall.

There's only one traffic light in the City of Campbellton, and unlike most, this one comes with a photo op.

If you run the red light, a picture of the offense and your license plate is captured.

"Serious bodily injury crashes, I don't believe I've had any since the system's been in," said Jackson County Sheriff's Deputy Ed Duce.

The city installed red light cameras back in 2010 for simply that reason.

"It's not so much the city itself money wise, it's the people in the city, ok?," said Duce.

The violation which costs $154.

$83 dollars is given to the state and "all that's left after the state is paid goes to the company to pay for the camera system," said Moore. "We do not make any money on the operation of the system on their town."

In the beginning when the cameras were first installed, they issued about 400 violations a week. Now, they're issuing about less than 200 a month.

"The violations have decreased, which in turn the crashes have decreased, so it doesn't affect our people," said Duce.

Lawmakers were in Tallahassee Thursday to discuss House Bill 4011, which would repeal the cameras. Representative Jimmy Patronis says the House Economic Affairs Committee voted eight to two to repeal all traffic infraction detectors.

Moore said, "The camera itself can do no wrong, it merely records. It's the drivers who present the problem."

City council members have written the  Florida League of Cities and contacted House Representative Marti Coley in response to keeping the cameras rolling.

House Bill 4011 would still have to gain passage by the full House and Senate and then get the Governors signature.

The legislative session begins March 5th.