JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- In Mandarin, two more red light cameras are up and running. That's re-igniting the debate over why they're put up. Some say it's for safety, while others say they're just revenue generators.
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, between 2004 and 2008 the number of fatal wrecks at intersections with the cameras went down by 24 percent in 14 cities. Meanwhile - the Florida Department of Revenue reported more than $62 million was taken in from violations from July 2012 to July 2013.
"To me lives is more important that money," said Karen Whitman. She is for the cameras, and doesn't live far from the newest addition at San Jose Blvd. and Claire Lane in Mandarin.
Not everyone agrees.
David Menz has received two violations after being caught by red light cameras. He said they're a big step in the wrong direction.
"I think we should enforce the law," he said. "People should obey the law - but just finding purposeful ways to generate revenue is wrong."
More red light cameras could be going up down the roads of Jacksonville soon.
You can find out about those locations, and more about the red light program here.
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