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Red-light camera video helping local police solve other crimes

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Updated: 9/24/2013 10:25 pm
ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- First the flash, then the hit, next you're T-boned by oncoming traffic or nearly clipped by another car, like one red-light runner in Orange Park. Drivers are caught on camera breaking the law instead of braking to stop.

"I got a ticket for one for making a turn, a right turn on red," said Audrey Arvin of Orange Park.

Arvin is one of more than 2,000 people that have been slapped with a $158 fine since Orange Park's red-light cameras went into operation.

While the new cameras are annoying drivers, the city says the cameras are actually benefiting taxpayers. In fact, Action News has learned that the town raked in over $173,000 in July and again in August.

Because it only costs $29,000 a month to operate their seven cameras, that leaves about $144,000 in profits.

"The good thing about the red-light cameras is you have video evidence," said Orange Park Police Chief Gary Goble.

With a tight budget and a small department, Goble tells us these cameras not only keep traffic in check, they allow officers to focus on other crimes and are providing valuable evidence for crimes other than traffic violations.

"If a robbery happens out in Fleming Island, those investigators can call us if they have a time frame when a possible suspect vehicle went through. Then, we can actually pull that video, and they can review that video and solve a crime," said Goble.

It can help solve a crime that may even trace back to one of their local intersections. Goble said the revenue from the red-light cameras even helped save two police officer's jobs this year.
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hallonearth - 9/24/2013 3:49 PM
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Awesome!! Hey chick-- you do get a ticket if you don't STOP first on a red light when turning right! But then - if you have a green arrow-- THEN you can go without stopping... You people piss me off when I'm trying to turn left on my green arrow and you turn right on a red light WITHOUT STOPPING!

RetiredJSO - 9/24/2013 7:39 AM
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Per Florida Traffic Law, You can make a Right turn on Red, and even in some cases a Left Turn on Red, but everyone seems to forget the Law Requires you to come to a Complete Stop First. Not one of those Rolling (California) Stops.

GMPOWER - 9/24/2013 1:25 AM
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So now we have the Orange Park Police Chief admitting on camera that these “RED LIGHT CAMERA’S” are being used for purposes other then what they are designed for.

barryaclarke - 9/24/2013 1:25 AM
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If you obey traffic laws, red light cameras should be of no concern to you. The ones I see complaining about them are the drives who drive on the edge such as speeding up trying to beat the light from changing from yellow to red before entering an intersection or the drivrs who fly through construction zones because they feel the crazy 45 mph speed limit signs only apply to the other person………..
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