Boynton Beach drivers beware: After an eight-month hiatus, the city’s 15 red-light cameras will be turned back on Friday, Sept. 1.
There will be a two-week warning period so drivers have time to adjust to the re-institution of the red-light camera program and modify their driving behavior, Boynton Police spokesperson Stephanie Slater said.
That means any vehicles running a red light at an intersection where red-light camera systems are installed will receive a warning letter and will not be required to pay a fine.
However, on and after Sept. 15, any vehicles that run a red light at one of those intersections will be issued a notice of violation and fined by the City of Boynton Beach.
The fine for running a red light at an intersection with a camera will be $158 with no points added to the driver’s record. Failure to pay within 60 days could result in a fine of $264.
The city decided to bring back the cameras a week ago when Commissioner Mack McCray, who has for years voted against the cameras, asked for his colleagues to open up the discussion again. He said he had seen an increase in speeders and red-light runners since the program ended Jan. 1.
“I’m home in the daytime. I’m watching the behavior of the drivers in this city,” he said at the July 31 commission meeting.
There are 15 camera systems installed at seven intersections throughout Boynton. The intersections and lights will be the same as before:
- NW 8th Street and Boynton Beach Boulevard (southbound)
- Boynton Beach Boulevard and N. Seacrest Boulevard (eastbound)
- S. Federal Highway and SE 23rd Avenue (northbound & southbound)
- E. Gateway Boulevard and N. Congress Avenue (northbound, southbound, eastbound & westbound)
- Boynton Beach Boulevard/NW Second Avenue and N. Congress Avenue (northbound & eastbound)
- Woolbright Road and S. Congress Avenue (northbound, southbound, eastbound & westbound)
- Woolbright Road and SW 8th Street/Corporate Drive (eastbound)
Stormet Norem, who owns Boynton Memorial Chapel at the intersection of NW 8th Street and Boynton Beach Boulevard, is an advocate of turning the cameras back on.
“We have an awful lot of accidents at that intersection,” Norem said of one of the 15 locations for the cameras. “In the middle of season, that traffic is backed up all the way from I-95 to our location (a few blocks west of I-95).”
Norem said the red-light cameras are needed and added that general traffic awareness is lacking.
“The thing that I notice the most is people on their cell phones or texting and their attention is totally off the road,” he said.
Not all residents, however, were happy.
About 10 residents spoke before the commission voted last week; the majority said they didn’t want the program reinstated.
“We’re in competition with a machine,” Cindy Falco DiCorrado said, while adding there could be glitches. “We are people. We’re not machines.”
Red-light cameras capture a vehicle’s data, including video and high-resolution images if that vehicle crosses the stop bar after the signal has turned red.
Palm Beach Post Staff Writer Alexandra Seltzer contributed to this report.