Longwood could have red-light cameras



LONGWOOD, Fla. - Only Eyewitness News discovered that another central Florida city could soon have red-light cameras.

Longwood commissioners are in the process of changing the city's ordinance to allow those cameras.

Channel 9's Karla Ray found out the police chief wants to target Longwood's busiest intersections first.

"People are killed every day in traffic crashes, a lot of them are due to running red lights," said Chief Troy Hickson with Longwood Police Department.

Hickson is leading the charge to have red-light cameras added at high-crash areas in the city.

He's in talks with three red-light camera companies and plans to bring options to the commission within the next two months.

The chief has identified the intersections he feels need cameras the most, one at State Road 434 and U.S. Highway 17-92, the other at State Road 434 and Ronald Reagan Boulevard.

If the chief has his way, there will be a camera set up on every approach.

"We've identified that there's definitely a need for red-light camera enforcement in those areas," Hickson.

Drivers like John Perez agree.

"People don't know how to drive out here, it's dangerous to the kids. Definitely need cameras here," Perez said.

Driver Jamie Cody said cameras only provide a false sense of safety.

"Personally, I'm not a fan, and I've seen people run the red light even with the camera on. So I'm not a big fan of the cameras," Cody said.

Ultimately, it will be up to city leaders to decide whether to add the cameras.

The commission has rejected the idea in the past.

Hickson said the plans he'll bring to the commission won't cost the city any extra money.

Eyewitness News will let you know if the cameras are eventually approved.