|Published:||Dec 12, 2012 10:27 PM EST|
|Updated:||Dec 13, 2012 12:30 PM EST|
COLLIER COUNTY, Fla - Following years of protest and plenty of controversy, the red light cameras in Collier County are coming down.
Wednesday, commissioners voted 3-2 to end the contract with the red light company.
Back in February, commissioners agreed to a ten year contract with the company that runs the red light cameras. But, a new commissioner, Tim Nance, has given the board enough votes to end that contract which means the lights will come down in February.
Since the red light cameras were installed in 2008, more than 40,000 citations were given out to drivers.
"You can stand on the street corner and see people gunning through the lights regardless of the cameras," says North Naples resident Randy Lichtman.
In February 2012, a Call for Action investigation by WINK News uncovered there is no evidence proving the cameras keep people safer and drivers we talked to agree.
"I think it makes people really nervous," says Naples resident Roberta Haas. "They put their brakes on and get rear ended."
Commissioner Tim Nance tells WINK News the lack of data was a significant factor in canceling the contract with the red light company. He says the community was never on board and the county no longer generated any revenue from the citations.
But, commissioner Donna Fiala believes the cameras do make the roads safer. "The reason we started the red light cameras in the first place is because we were having deaths from red light runners," Fiala says.
There are 19 cameras located at the most dangerous intersections in the county and Fiala believes they're worth it.
"I asked the Sheriff if there have been any deaths since the lights went up and he said no, none. To me that's the best I news I could have heard," says Fiala.
The contract with the red light company will end February 28th and that is when the cameras will come down. In the meantime, the county says they will focus their efforts on synchronizing the stop lights. They feel that will make the roads in Collier County safer.