LAKE COUNTY, Fla. - Fed up with gate crashers, officials in The Villages are taking new steps to stop hit-and-run drivers.
Officials said it costs anywhere from $250 to more than $1,000 every time someone crashes through a gate.
The Villages leaders are hoping new cameras will help them locate, and identify the suspects and make them pay for the damages.
Love is shocked every time she sees a gate that has been knocked down or damaged after someone who was driving a golf cart has plowed right through.
"There's usually bars missing, or there's a big dent, sometimes the arm get damaged
Cameras posted at the gates capture the crashes, but since the golf carts don't have to have license plates, Villages officials have a tough time trying track down the drivers.
Residents said the gates at Paradise Drive are hit all the time.
"About once a week you come by, and the gates laying down or busted up and it's just an ongoing problem," said Clint Vonk.
They hope better video will help them identify the people who are destroying the gates so they can be held responsible.
Eyewitness News learned that those cameras cost anywhere from $800 to $1,000
"If people start getting fined for it or charged for it, you know they're going to think about it a little bit," said Vonk.
Residents told Eyewitness News that they believe the new cameras are already making difference.
The Villages plans to take action against people busted for crashing the gates.