Doral Will Restart Red-Light Safety Camera Program

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June 28, 2017
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Doral Will Restart Red-Light Safety Camera Program

Doral, FL – On June 14th, the Doral City Council approved to reactivate the city’s red-light safety camera program beginning with a 60-day warning period starting on July 1st .

In this phase, vehicle owners will receive a notice but not a fine if their vehicle is caught on camera running a red light. The warning period is intended to give drivers time to adjust to the change in traffic enforcement without incurring a financial penalty. Starting on September 1st, however, violations with fines will be issued.

“Red-light running is a dangerous behavior. Too often, it causes tragic T-bone collisions that injure or kill innocent drivers and passengers. These awful crashes can be avoided if drivers follow the rules of the road. These cameras improve the safety on our streets for everyone by helping to change driver behavior so people stop on red. Please travel safely in our city. I thank you in advance for doing so,” said Mayor Juan Carlos Bermudez.

The city council’s action renews Doral’s partnership with American Traffic Solutions (ATS), the leading road safety camera provider in Florida.

Red-light safety cameras operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week. When a driver approaches and enters the intersection after the light has turned red, the camera captures still images and video of the event. After initial processing through a wireless and secure transfer, Doral police receive the evidence and determine whether a citation is issued. The vehicle owner who receives a citation will have the option to dispute the violation, transfer the liability for the incident or pay the fine either online, over the telephone or by mail.

The city will restart all 11 cameras now in place at four intersections in Doral. Residents may remember the red-light safety cameras were in operation from July 2011 to January 2015. An ATS analysis of the program from inception through July 2014 showed driver behavior was changing over the course of the program. Highlights from the analysis show:

  • A 5% recidivism rate. This low rate of repeat behavior means 95% of violators who received a ticket and paid it did not receive a second violation, indicating a change in driver behavior to stop on red.
  • A 48% decrease in the average number of red-light running violations per camera per month.
  • 73% of all violations were issued to vehicles registered outside the city of Doral.

Florida is the third highest state in the nation for red-light running fatalities. The most recent numbers available from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show 344 red-light running fatalities occurred in the state from 2011 through 2015. California leads the nation followed by Texas.

Doral’s red-light safety cameras will be restarted at the following locations:

  • Northbound, eastbound and westbound approaches to the intersection of 87th Avenue and 36th Street/Doral Boulevard.
  • Southbound, Eastbound and Westbound approaches to 79th Avenue and 36th Street/Doral Boulevard.
  • Northbound, Southbound and Westbound approaches to 97th Avenue and 41st Street/Doral Boulevard.
  • Eastbound and Westbound approaches to 41st Street/Doral Boulevard and 107th Avenue.

The City will distribute informative materials on the program as well as hold public meetings where Doral Police will address the community’s questions and concerns. For more information, please visit this link
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