Red Light Camera Sign at South Florida at Beacon

In Saturday’s paper, the Ledger published a photo to accompany their article on Lakeland’s red light cameras. The photo showed the “photo enforced” sign on Northbound South Florida at Beacon Road.

The photo was a crop of the one the Ledger published on May 20th.

It has rained since May 20th and trees do grow, but this morning I found the sign less visible. At that rate, it will be obscured in a month.
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I realize that is very close to the sign. So, here’s the area from a bit further away:

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If you can’t clearly see the sign, look closer:

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Obviously, the sign isn’t as visible to drivers as the one directing drivers to downtown and Florida Southern College. Frankly, signs for speed limits, road hazards, and possible violations should be more visible than those advertising community landmarks.

The camera at Beacon and South Florida has been placed on city fire station property. Let’s hope city landscaping crews will soon fix the damage left by the work:

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Finally, the law office sponsoring this bus bench doesn’t have the prime location they previously held:

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Creative Commons License photo credit: Chuck Welch for Lakeland Local

7 thoughts on “Red Light Camera Sign at South Florida at Beacon

  1. Obviously, the Ledger photo was designed to highlight the sign and its relation to the corner. I don’t have a problem with that. But the angle and the lens choice does lead viewers to believe the sign is more visible than it is. I used a lens similar to what the human eye sees, but even I didn’t stand in traffic to take the photo. However, I did drive past the sign a few times, and the tree, telephone pole and competing signs make the red light camera sign less visible.

  2. Obviously, the Ledger photo was designed to highlight the sign and its relation to the corner. I don’t have a problem with that. But the angle and the lens choice does lead viewers to believe the sign is more visible than it is. I used a lens similar to what the human eye sees, but even I didn’t stand in traffic to take the photo. However, I did drive past the sign a few times, and the tree, telephone pole and competing signs make the red light camera sign less visible.

  3. That sign isn’t much more visible than a policeman on motorcycle next to the wall of a building would be. Are there two cameras on the pole? If so, it appears as if one is pointing over the roof of the building, how can that help? As I went through the intersection of Fitzgerald and Scott Lake Rd this weekend, I noticed what appears to be a red light camera atop the light bar. Maybe it is for monitoring and not for ticketing? If for ticketing, it seems somewhat disingenuous to place one on an intersection that was formerly a through road. Let the locals adjust to the new light placement a bit.

    How is the bus driver to see customers waiting on the bench behind that switch box? Lets have them step over the water meter, between the switch box and power line support cable, and hope they don’t trip when they step from the deep sod to the sidewalk.

  4. That sign isn’t much more visible than a policeman on motorcycle next to the wall of a building would be. Are there two cameras on the pole? If so, it appears as if one is pointing over the roof of the building, how can that help? As I went through the intersection of Fitzgerald and Scott Lake Rd this weekend, I noticed what appears to be a red light camera atop the light bar. Maybe it is for monitoring and not for ticketing? If for ticketing, it seems somewhat disingenuous to place one on an intersection that was formerly a through road. Let the locals adjust to the new light placement a bit.

    How is the bus driver to see customers waiting on the bench behind that switch box? Lets have them step over the water meter, between the switch box and power line support cable, and hope they don’t trip when they step from the deep sod to the sidewalk.

  5. This whole business is ridiculous. I just hope the city realizes it sooner rather than later.

  6. This whole business is ridiculous. I just hope the city realizes it sooner rather than later.

  7. Are warning signs required,I was in the turn Lane on Memorial Blvd going west turning onto Martin Luther King about a month ago and got a red light ticket I did not see a warning sign on Martin Luther King or Memorial Blvd

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