Residents on alert to red light cameras in Arlington

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Drivers in Arlington say it didn't take long to notice two red light cameras in their neighborhood.

The cameras, one at Merrill Rd. and Townsend Blvd., the other at Arlington Rd. and Cesery Blvd. are started taking pictures of suspected red light runners April 1.

Ali Dawodey runs at auto repair shop right at the Cesery Blvd. intersection. His business was damaged several months ago when someone ran a red light and crashed into his fence, which is why he says having the camera is a big win.

"It's a good to have the camera," he said.

A 2011 study by the National Institute on Highway Safety says intersections with the cameras in Florida saw a more than 50% drop in the number of crashes. Dawodey is hoping that happens right near his business' front door.

"It'll help a lot, a lot to keep people secure," he said.

Ronald Ramie passes through Merrill Rd. and Townsend Blvd. several times a day. He says the cameras have a point, but having one at the intersection may not be the best decision.

"For the most part, I feel like it's a waste of money. I feel like the money can be used somewhere else," Ramie said.

Ramie says he's seen accidents there, but never a fatal one that's why he says more research should have been done.

"I'm not quite happy with it," Ramie says.

Even though the cameras are taking pictures, no one is getting notices of violation in the mail. The violations will start May 1, a month after the cameras went active.


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