Channel 7 News has reported that the money-making red light cameras positioned at Wiles Road and 441 in Coral Springs had been improperly calibrated with short yellow lights. Three tenths of a second may be a short amount of time, but when traveling at 45 miles per hour, a car can go almost 20 feet. That’s the equivalent of more than a full car length in distance.
This particular intersection, raised eyebrows at one meeting when commissioners saw how many cars were being cited. They believed that the cameras were effective at actually stopping the red-light runners.
Channel 7 says that once Coral Springs was made aware of the mistimed light the city took immediate action and 162 would-be-tickets at $158 each were canceled by police and charges were dismissed in 19 court cases with the city saying it quote: “Cannot prosecute those violations in good faith.”
Of the 5,080 tickets that the city issued for red light cameras, 1,628 were for this particular red light camera with each ticket costing the driver $158.
Coral Springs Talk thinks that the City of Coral Springs should issue refunds for all 1,628 citations.
Read more on Channel 7 investigation.