A public-service announcement showcasing a video of accidents involving red-light runners in Florida aims to "serve as a reminder for all drivers about the need to obey the law and stop on red."
The effort, put forth by American Traffic Solutions, involves "shocking new video footage caputred by red-light safety cameras over the course of the past year." The release further notes that the clips reveal the "need for continued intersection safety enforcement and increased driver attention."
The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office also is attentive to bringing to the public's attention the acts of red-light runners. The office periodically posts videos of red-light runners caught in the act.
The year 2011 saw 28,119 citations issued for running red lights at six major intersections in Hillsborough County, compared to 30,507 citations the year before, the first year the red-light cameras went operational.
Not far from New Tampa, cameras reportedly were watching drivers 24 hours a day at Bruce B. Downs Boulevard and Fletcher Avenue.
The ATS video is produced by a company that bills itself as a market leader in road-safety camera installations in North America. The company reportedly has contracts in nearly 300 communities in 21 states and the District of Columbia.
Red-light cameras are not popular with everybody, however.
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One person who is a proponent is Rich Glorioso, who as a state representative hearalded the cause to such an extent that he received recognition from Hillsborough County Sheriff David Gee.
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