More than 400 intersections in Florida have red light cameras, including three in Gulfport. According to a new report by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, 56 percent of communities surveyed noticed a total reduction in crashes at intersections with red light cameras.
- 43% - noticed a reduction in side impact crashes
- 41% - noticed a reduction in rear-end crashes
- 56% - noticed a total reduction in crashes
In total, 73 agencies responded to the survey and included information between July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012.
"Agencies reported that in addition to the decrease in total crashes, traffic safety improved throughout the jurisdiction as drivers were more cautious when approaching all intersections," according to the Florida Red Light Camera Annual Report Survey - which is attached to this article.
During the surveyed period these agencies issued 999,929 Notices of Violation. Of those, 20,064 were challenged and eventually nearly 70 percent of those challenged were dismissed.
The violation is a $158 ticket.
Red Light Cameras in Gulfport:
In February 2011, three intersection safety cameras or red light cameras were installed in different locations in the city.
- West Bound on Gulfport Blvd. S. & 58th St S.
- South Bound on 49th St. & 15th Ave S.
- East Bound on Gulfport Blvd. S. & 49th St. S.
American Traffic Solutions operates the cameras and systems from Arizona. The Gulfport Police Department pays $4,500 per month per camera.