Palatka city commissioner Allegra Kitchens said her city has a population of less than 10,000 but more than 35,000 cars travel through there on a daily basis.
Numbers peak at around 80,000 cars in high season, she
has the only bridge to cross St. John's River, Kitchens
said people have to go through town to travel from Gainesville to St. Augustine.
Because of the high volume of traffic, she
said, the city has also had an issue with red-light runners.
Before the city implemented a red-light camera program, Palatka Police set up an operation at the intersection of State Road 20 and State Road 19 to see the evidence firsthand.
"In one hour, 31 people ran red lights and police wrote 23 tickets," Kitchens
"The camera does not lie," Kitchens
said the city has only made enough money to pay back the costs of the installations, which comes to about $15,000 total for the city's four cameras, over a period of four to five months.
"We've gotten a few thousand dollars on it and that's not anything to write home about right now," Kitchens
said, "but the important thing is saving lives, which could be my life because if I'd get a dollar for every time I've almost been hit in the past two months, I'd take you out to a steak dinner."