New red light traffic cameras popping up

by: Romney Smith Updated:

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. —

Crews worked to install four new red light traffic cameras across high traffic areas in the Southside. 

Kyle Nanton says he knows the financial sting a red light traffic camera ticket can cause.

“I've definitely been sent a ticket in the mail and it hurts a little bit more because you think you got away, and you did not get away,” said Nanton.

New red light cameras are going up at Gate Parkway and Southside Boulevard eastbound, Beach Boulevard and San Pablo Road eastbound, and at Beach Boulevard and St. Johns Bluff Road east and westbound. 

Melissa Bujeda with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office says the cameras will be tested starting Saturday and on Thursday July 31st, a 30-day warning period begins.

“This isn't about making money, this is about being safe for the community.  If we can get less people going through red lights we'll have less crashes,” said Bujeda.

RELATED: List of Jacksonville's current, under construction and planned red-light cameras 

After the warning phase, RedFlex will review any violations.

“At that time if they feel a violation has occurred, a police officer reviews it to verify yes a red light was ran at this intersection at this time,” said Bujeda.

The owner of the vehicle will get a $158 civil violation in the mail and a link to video of the alleged violation.  But for many drivers, just seeing the new cameras is warning enough.

“When I see those boxes or I see someone get flashed like that flashing light I know I'm not going to go through that light anymore when it's yellow,” said Nanton.

If you’re issued a red light ticket and weren’t driving the vehicle or were forced to move for an emergency vehicle there are ways to fight the ticket. 

The red light ticket cameras actually save drivers money.  The reason is because if a JSO officer issues the same red-light violation ticket in person, it would cost the driver $262.