Drivers have mixed reactions about new cameras in Tuscaloosa
Drivers in Tuscaloosa...consider yourselves warned!
The Tuscaloosa Police Department has installed three new red light camera systems at three busy intersections in the city. McFarland Blvd and 37th Street East, McFarland Blvd. and Skyland Blvd. and I-359 and Skyland Blvd are all now equipped with red light cameras aimed at ticketing drivers who run red lights.
Tuscaloosa already has one functioning red light camera intersection.
The three new systems will go live Monday, March 3, 2014. The first week will be a "warning" period for drivers. If caught driving through a red light, drivers will be mailed warnings to the address of the owner of the vehicle.
Then, starting Monday, March 10, the system will begin issuing tickets.
The fine for a red light violation is $110. A Tuscaloosa police officer will view any violation to determine if a citation should be issued. When a driver receives the notice in the mail, they can review it by going to www.viewcitation.com and entering a citation number and a PIN number that will be provided on the ticket. This will allow the driver to watch a video of the alleged incident.
Drivers, Friday, had mixed reactions to the cameras. Some believe it's only a way for the city to get into your pockets, while others say they are much needed to help keep everyone safe.
The Tuscaloosa Police Department says red light cameras are to help make the city a safer place to drive and deter violators from running red lights.