Right turn violations make up nearly all of Clermont's red-light camera tickets



CLERMONT, Fla. - Red-light cameras in Clermont were put into effect in January and since then they have resulted in more than 1,800 tickets, but WFTV found out the majority of those are right turn violations.

According to officials, roughly 1,700 of the tickets were citations for not stopping before turning right at a red light. One city leader said that's not what the cameras were intended to catch.

At the busy intersection of State Road 50 and Hancock Road, the red-light camera is constantly snapping photos of drivers.

"I think it's unfair. It's stupid," driver Angie Brooks said.

Brooks is among many drivers unhappy about the red light camera program in Clermont.

"Ninety percent of the citations that have been issued are right-turn violations. That's not what the cameras were for," City Council member Ray Goodgame said.

Of the 1,880 citations that have been issued, 1,703 of them were for drivers who rolled through a red light to make a right turn. But city leaders said they never knew the company that installed and monitors the cameras, American Traffic Solutions, would be targeting driver making right turns.

"Why are they saying, 'Yes, you can make a right turn on red,' if they're going to charge you for it?" Brooks said.

Clermont's city manager and city attorney met with representatives from the red light camera company and the issue is expected to be settled at Tuesday's City Council meeting.