Red light cameras are coming to Duval County if the City Council passes Mayor Brown’s budget.
Sheriff John Rutherford estimates $1.5 million in revenue from the cameras next year. He’s already put in his budget that the money goes towards the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, which is strapped for money right now.
He said they came up with the idea about four of five years ago.
They had to wait for the state statute to pass, and now they're introducing the local ordinance to create the camera program.
Rutherford says 25 “intersection approaches” will get a camera installed; meaning some intersections will get two or four cameras to monitor all four directions.
They’ll work just as if a cop is there.
“If you bust the intersection before the light turns red, that is not a red light violation,” Rutherford said.
Even if the light turns red after you’ve crossed the curb, you won’t get a ticket.
Only when the light turns red before you bust through the imaginary line from curb to curb will you be ticketed.
He said they don't anticipate there being many problems with the cameras correctly identifying license plates.
“About the only time you really see that happen is when an ‘eight’ may look like a ‘b,’” he said.
He said if there is a discrepancy, it is easy to double-check the cameras and determine if a person was ticketed on accident.
“This is all about public safety,” Rutherford said.
He said they decided to get the cameras through Redflex because of an important safety feature, called the Halo system.
Rutherford said the cameras have the ability to measure the speed and distance of a vehicle approaching the intersection.
The computer will then determine if the car is able to stop successfully before crossing the intersection.
“And any vehicle that is sitting on the cross street will get a delayed green. It will hold their red longer, and they’ll get a delayed green so they don’t jump out in front of this guy who’s going to run the red light and get hit,” Rutherford said.
He said they’ll be releasing the locations of the cameras soon.