Some of Lakeland’s brightest have asked how it is possible that none of Lakeland’s finest have committed a red light camera violation.
Well, one has, and we have the video.
Actually, the video was supplied by the Lakeland Police Department. Kudos to LPD for taking the trouble to get the video to the media. It is almost impossible for common folk to download their own violation video.
The story behind the violation is that marked vehicle operated by a sworn officer was enroute to a call. LPD mentions that the alarm call was made at 0219 hours, the red light camera violation was at 0220 hours, and the officer arrived at the scene (6600 block of N. Socrum Loop Road) at 0221 hours.
The officer stated that he was down the street. He attempted to turn on his emergency lights before the corner, but was talking on the radio and observing oncoming traffic for a possible suspect leaving the area. LPD reported the officer immediately notified the Sargent of the violation.
The lack of flashing lights kicked out the incident as a violation. Had his lights been on, the red light camera operators wouldn’t have bothered passing on the video to LPD. As it was, LPD checked the logs and found the officer was on a call for service. According to city policy, LPD officers on a call are exempt from receiving citations.
Check out the video. Do you think the camera flashed too early?