Stop, Pinecrest, stop: Red-light cameras installed at four major U.S. 1 intersections

A file photo of a red light camera setup in Los Angeles.
A file photo of a red light camera setup in Los Angeles. AP File

Drivers who run red lights in Pinecrest will soon be fined $158. Until June 5, warnings will be sent in the mail.

Last week, four major intersections along U.S. 1 in Pinecrest were equipped with red-light cameras.

Automated safety photo-enforcement systems have been installed at the following four intersections along the stretch of U.S. 1 known as Pinecrest Parkway, each with a history of violations or crashes caused by red-light running:

▪ 128th Street

▪ 124th Street

▪ 112th Street

▪ 104th Street

Beginning June 5, drivers photographed running red lights will be fined $158 each and receive tickets in the mail. Before paying or contesting the citation, drivers will be able to review images and video of their violations online.

“The safety cameras utilize radars to monitor northbound traffic. They will only capture vehicle data via video and high-resolution images, if it enters the intersection after the signal turns red,” said Michelle Hammontree, Pinecrest’s communications manager. “A Pinecrest police officer will review evidence of potential violations and have sole discretion to determine whether a violation occurred. Drivers found in violation will receive a written notice during the warning period.”

Points will not be added to the driver’s record when they are caught on camera. However, if a red-light running violation is issued directly by a law enforcement officer, the Miami-Dade County fine is $277 and four points are added to the driver’s record.

“The warning period gives drivers in the village time to adjust to the program,” Village Manager Yocelyn Galiano Gomez said. “Our foremost goal is to increase safety by reducing violations and crashes, and we know the presence of the systems will serve as a deterrent for most drivers.”

According to Pinecrest officials, a traffic study conducted by the village police in February 2014 found that five intersections along Pinecrest Parkway averaged 25 violations during a 12-hour period, with one intersection experiencing 50 violations.

Pinecrest is partnering with Redflex Traffic Systems to operate the red-light camera program. Redflex also partners with Jacksonville, Clearwater, Kissimmee and South Miami.