Red light running 'warning period' over in Boca Raton

BOCA RATON, Fla. -- If you travel through Boca Raton, be sure to stop at red lights. The warning period is over for red light runners.

At six intersections throughout the city, there are red light cameras that take pictures of those who run the light.

If your photo is taken, a Boca Raton police officer will review the picture to make sure you actually violated the law.

If you did, you can either pay a $158 fine, or appeal the ticket.

The goal of the new cameras is to prevent accidents caused by red light runners, but not all drivers like the new additions.

"I think it would be more helpful to have police officers there doing stops and checks," said Shari Kaplan of Boca Raton. "That would probably be a wiser use of our tax dollars."

Meanwhile, others say they support the new cameras.

"I've been a resident of Boca for many years and I've seen a lot of accidents here that could've been avoided if people just pay attention to the light," Bob Couto said.

According to the Sun Sentinel, state legislators approved the use of red light cameras in 2010, but since then there have been efforts to repeal the law.

In Boca Raton, the citations issued are expected to bring in $400,000 a year.

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