JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Red light cameras: they're an eye in the sky making sure you stop at red lights. And for the first time, you could soon be seeing them in Jacksonville.
JSO Patrol Director Micheal Edwards said, "The number one focus of the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office is trying to reduce vehicle crashes. And we know by reducing vehicle crashes, it'll actually reduce injuries and fatalities in our city."
He was happy to see the legislation unanimously pass the City Council finance committee Tuesday. It wasn't necessarily a surprise, considering the $1.5 million dollars the cameras are expected to generate in the next fiscal year has already been built in to the City's budget as a revenue source.
Director Edwards said, "That fine for that particular violation is $158. But if that citation was issued by one of my sworn officers, that fine would be $262."
The cameras will be placed at ten of Jacksonville's most dangerous intersections, 25 different approaches. Two of those intersections are the ones at Blanding and Collins, and at Beach and University Boulevards.
And to avoid any legal challenges, a police officer will review the camera's images before you get a ticket in the mail. "I have two sworn officers that will actually approve that as a violation or reject it as a violation," said Edwards.
The issue is set to go before the full council next week.