Red light camera scheme discovered in New Port Richey, FL

According to Russ Discovers Red Light Camera Scheme to defraud drivers by shortening yellow light in all six camera locations in Port Richey and New Port Richey, FL.

Red light camera scheme discovered in New Port Richey, FL

Red light camera scheme discovered in New Port Richey, FL

according toAstonishingly, 34 of 42 traffic signals in Port Richey and New Port Richey have less than a 4.50 second yellow light display, all with a posted speed limit of 45 miles per hour.  How could it be possible that the New Port Richey City Council members, Port Richey City officials and the American Traffic Solutions Inc.  (ATS) which installed and maintains the cameras did not know that these traffic signals were set below 4.50seconds?

Full Results including locations and times are listed Below:

According to the Florida Department of Transportation, the minimum standard duration of a yellow traffic signal with a posted speed limit of 45 miles per hour is 4.5 seconds.

according toIt would be somewhat understandable if one or two ATF cameras were not calibrated properly, but 34 traffic signals?   To me,  this is an outrageous abuse of what the camera are put in place for, which is to stop red light traffic violators.  I believe that the cameras are a deterrent, but not if the rules are unjust, and in place as nothing but a trap.   At this point all of these cameras are put in place to generate money for the State, City and ATS, not to save lives!

According to most any dictionaries, a scheme is an underhanded plot to defraud consumers, does this fit the description?

Remarkably, according to the Tampa Times,American Traffic Solutions Inc. (ATS) representative Tom Benton reported that

New Port Richey ranks at the top of the 25 cities he handles in terms of red light runners. That list includes several South Florida cities with much denser populations, New Port Richey police Chief James Steffens told the council.



Red light crashes

Red light car crash

Red light car crash

According to the New Port Richey City Council members as of January 19, 2012, the revenue from the citations is far below what officials expected.

According to the Tampa Times back in January 2012, the Deputy Mayor Rob Marlowe said the city should contact FDOT officials to conduct tests on yellow lights to make sure they are timed correctly.   “I don’t want to set up a gotcha situation,” he said… Is this a joke or what?

According to Robert Napper, Tampa Times Correspondent, Thursday, January 19, 2012

According to officials, New Port Richey issues more red light camera tickets than many other cities, and yet revenue from the citations is far below what  expectations.

City officials which had anticipated netting $88,750 a month, but instead they have averaged $54,000 a month, according to a city finance report. This statement was written before the additional cameras.  Remember that the State of Florida and ATS also gets their cut of the action!

Collier County Florida man wins red light camera case!

Most yellow lights change to red in fewer than five seconds. According to the NBC-2 web site, a Collier County man won a traffic citation case for his wife because the yellow light didn’t adhere to state unified time duration for yellow traffic lights. Time duration requirements are based on the speed limit of that particular street. The report said “The speed limit on Collier Boulevard, where she was cited, is 45 mph. According to county guidelines, the yellow light should be 4.5 seconds.”

According to National Motorists Association,  6 Cities Were Caught Shortening Yellow Light Times for Profit;

Chattanooga, Tennessee, Dallas, Texas, Springfield, Missouri, Springfield, Missouri, Lubbock, Texas, Nashville, Tennessee, Union City, California, Now,  Port Richey and New Port Richey, Florida

according toI have personally clocked the duration of all 42 traffic signals on Little Rd, Ridge Rd, US Hwy 19, State Rd 52 and State Rd 54 in West Pasco FL with the posted speed limit of 45 miles per hour as described below.

Each traffic signal was clocked for the yellow duration at least five times.

All of the traffic signal with camera devices has been videotaped and clocked for yellow signal accuracy.  Below are the results:

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According to the Texas Transportation Institute.    An increase of 0.5 to 1.5 s in yellow duration (such that it does not exceed 5.5 s) will decrease the frequency of red-light-running by at least 50 percent.

Short yellow light times at intersections have been shown to increase the number of traffic violations and accidents.

West Pasco Florida, Port Richey, New Port Richey 

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Signal Light Times Results Below:

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If Port Richey New Port Richey are using red light cameras to make more revenue, maybe we need to use different tactics to safeguard our rights.




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13 Responses to “Red light camera scheme discovered in New Port Richey, FL”

  1. Barnet says:

    Russ, send me raw video of some of your traffic signal videos and I will add a 3-digit stopwatch counter for you. Barnet

  2. Stephanie says:

    Hi Russ,

    I received two of these tickets mailed in my name this past month within a 3 week period when I was not even in the car. All of our cars are registered in my name. My husband travels for work up in pasco from palm harbor once a week. I just got the second ticket today. My husband and I never had a speeding or traffic ticket or an accident. We both have been driving for over 20 years.. My husband drives very slow. And is very cautious.

    This doesn’t seem right. I know my husband would not risk running a red light. Especially after he just got one of these violations less than 3 weeks before.. He usually slams on the breaks when the light is turning yellow.

    What should I do to fight this. These are two intersections you have highlighted.

    Intersections and dates violation received:

    Ridge and 19 – 11/18/12
    Grand and 19 – 12/07/2012

    I lost my job through a mass layoff and this is the first year we cannot go to Ohio to see both our families for Christmas. We have no family here in Florida. These two tickets equaling $316 would be the same price for one of us to go to Ohio. This is unreal and upsetting. I have to pay the 1st ticket by 12/21/2012.



    Office of Attorney General
    State of Florida
    The Capitol PL-01
    Tallahassee, FL 32399-1050
    file a complaint

  4. major pain says:

    This is much worse than you think ! First time defending a ticket the judge told me I could not use the fith admendment ! The second ticket they made the price of the ticket go up about $100 if not paid in 30 days . So If you decide to despute the ticket the fine goes up they are using extortion to push us to not fight back ! Also they rig this so no one can beat the ticket. I seen a disabled person that had a wheel chair bound son, she could not pay ,the judge gave her community service $268 at min wadge and the video showed lots of water on the road! This is not a civail issue its moral one !

  5. Major Pain says:

    Pasco Red light ticket Extortion and loss of constitutional rights in court! The first ticket I fought, the judge told me I could not take the fifth adminent , the second time in court it was much worse. In addition to being told I could not use my constitutional rights The fine went up around an extra $100 bucks for not paying within 30 days of ticket . This means if you want to dispute the ticket it will cost an extra $100 By the time you get to see the judge. They are using extortion to get us to give up are right to defend one self ! Also it is rigged so no won can beat the ticket . One disabled person with a wheel chair bound son did not have the money to pay so the judge gave her community service $258 at min wage After her video showed lots of rain on the road! Also you will find at how the yellow light times are less at all the lights with cameras ! This is not a civil issue its a moral one. Please help us in this fight of freedom and help get the word out . If we do not stand up we will fall over.
    Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth. George

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  7. donald taylor says:

    Just received my notice due 7/10/2013 for the us19 and ridge road intersection. I absolutely see a 4 seconding timing being ridiculous and unsafe. The video clearly shows me going 45mph, running the light at 0.2 seconds. It also shows the left lane compact car coming to a sudden stop past the stop line and partially in the intersection completely in the crosswalk. I drive a full size pick up truck. In no way could I have stopped in any safe manner. Regardless of rain or shine. So I will be contesting and possibly file a complaint against the New Port Richey DOT or whomever is responsible for causing this situation. I have enough people reaching in my pocket legally, I don’t need them trying to screw me out of $150 with this BS.

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  9. Angry says:

    Somebody needs to go to jail for this.
    The city is obviously to neglectful or crooked to maintain these devices and consumers are being defrauded.

  10. Kenny says:

    It all falls under Reco. Extortion, wire fraud, racketeering, etc…. Thats what they should be charged with….

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  12. Kenneth FINELLI says:

    Dear Russ…

    I’ve already paid a ticket for the red light at us19 & grand blvd, and i see that it it’s one of the faulty’s do i get my money back? I got the ticket around Nov 2011.

  13. Daphne says:

    I got a ticket for a July 3rd ticket. Citation issued 7/30/15. I got it middle of Aug. Went to court today and lost. I’m irate! I wasn’t in the vehicle much less driving. US 19 and Grand. The Traffic Worker stated the yellow was 4.8 secs. I’m calling BS to that. I’m appealing. How do I get actual length of time for the yellow light at US 19 and Grand? There is no way that yellow is that length.

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