• Right turn on red rules inconsistent around the state

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    BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. - The rules for some red-light camera violations tend to vary from city to city and county to county, Channel 9's Racquel Asa discovered.
     
    Asa looked through the red-light rules for different jurisdictions and found they aren't the same.
     
    "If you think you're right, stand firmly by your conviction and so I'm standing firmly by my conviction," Larry Guest said.
     
    Guest said he received a red-light camera violation last year in Cocoa Beach.
     
    He said a camera captured him rolling through a right turn on red at the intersection of Atlantic Avenue and State Road 520.
     
    Guest said he isn't opposed to the cameras, but he's not happy with the way the city handles its right turn on red rules.
     
    "Do think you deserved this violation?" Asa asked Guest.
     
    "Not according to the state law," Guest said.
     
    According to state law, "A notice of violation and a traffic citation may not be issued for failure to stop at a red light if the driver is making a right-hand turn in a careful and prudent manner at an intersection where right-hand turns are permissible."
     
    The problem is there's no clear and consistent definition of "careful and prudent."
     
    In fact, each red-light camera jurisdiction in the state has a different definition, including the nearly 15 in central Florida.
     
    Cocoa Beach takes into account traffic, speed and whether or not there are people in the crosswalk.
     
    The city of Orlando doesn't even issue right on red tickets at camera intersections, meaning Guest's turn on red would not have resulted in a citation in Orlando.
     
    "I'm not against red-light cameras per se, it's just that all of us in Florida are conditioned to turn right on red in Florida, and you roll through a right turn safely, and that's it," said Guest.



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