Lakeland leaders want to add 15 more red-light cameras

By Saundra Weathers, Reporter
Last Updated: Saturday, January 05, 2013

Lakeland city officials want to add more than a dozen new red-light cameras.

City officials want to increase the number of red light cameras from nine to 24. If that's approved, it could happen by the end of the year.

City officials presented the plan to city commissioners, citing safety as the biggest advantage.

The cameras would be located in several sections of the city, including the busy intersection of Massachusetts Avenue and Memorial Boulevard.

Mayor Gow Fields said additional cameras will be beneficial, no matter how many are added.

“The police department believes this is a very important tool that they’re able to use to help provide a safer community not just for those in vehicles, but for pedestrians as well,“ Fields said.

Leaders haven’t decided when they’ll vote on the additional cameras.

Red-light ticket fines are $158. The city takes $75 of that and the state $83.