St. Pete to keep red light cameras

Last Updated: Friday, June 21, 2013

The St. Petersburg City Council voted Thursday night to keep the city's red light cameras and follow new state laws regulating them.

The city will now set up an appeals process for any driver who wants the fight the ticket they received due to a camera, according to Bay News 9's partner newspaper, The Tampa Bay Times.

A new state law requiring the appeals process goes into effect in July.

Currently, appeals from the cameras go to county court.

The Council had to comply with the law or end its red-light camera program.

The fine for running a red light remains at $158. However, cities can add another $250 fee if the driver loses the appeal.

The council passed the measure 5 to 3. Council members Leslie Curran and Steve Kornell joined Newton in voting no.