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Hillsborough County to evaluate red light cameras

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HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FL (WFLA) - The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office will present red light camera crash data to the county commission Wednesday. Commissioner Les Miller put the red light cameras on the agenda after leaders in Tampa and St. Petersburg voted to not extend contracts with their camera companies. Unincorporated Hillsborough County has 10 cameras at six intersections.

"People see what happened in Tampa and St. Petersburg and now they're looking at Hillsborough, like, 'what are they going to do there?'" Miller said.

Miller backs the cameras for now, and is even open-minded to adding some, but wants to hear what the sheriff's office has to say.

"I've been getting mixed emotions from people that they don't work we shouldn't be doing this," Miller said "If they're saving lives I think that's very important."

Colonel Greg Brown will be discussing the camera data. He thinks the cameras work, that people aren't running red lights as much, but that the commission needs to modify some of the standards.

"Crash data includes a crash within 100 feet of the intersection," Brown said. "I could be sitting at an intersection and not even know a crash up ahead happened, but it still counts as an intersection crash."

Brown wants the system to become less "one size fits all."

The camera discussion is on the agenda for 10:15 a.m. at the commission meeting in Tampa.

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