COLLIER COUNTY - A new red light camera law makes right-on-red violations harder to enforce.
The new state law says a citation can't be issued if the driver is making a right hand turn in a careful and prudent manner. Why is this so hard to enforce?
"It's not an action," says Lt. Harold Minch with the Collier County Sheriff's Office. "It is a thought process."
Plus, most drivers think they're careful when making a right on red.
"Yes, because you're supposed to stop or slow down and wait and see if there's any traffic coming," says one driver.
The county says the new law eliminates writing citations for almost every right-on-red turn.
"It does change that slow roll right turn won't be citable in my opinion," says Lt. Minch.
The Sheriff's Office says they will issue citations if the car making a right on red violates the right of way; for pedestrians, bicyclists or other vehicles.
They will also be putting more patrol cars at the camera-enforced intersections to write tickets the old fashioned way, by hand.
"The safest thing to do at a red light is stop," says Lt. Minch. "It's what the law says its what you should be doing."
The County Attorney will be discussing this issue with commissioners at their meeting later this month.