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New red light cameras in Boynton Beach

BOYNTON BEACH, FL (WFLX) - New red light cameras are up in Boynton Beach, and they're rolling right now -- pointed at intersections where people most often run red lights.

Almost three months into the project, thousands of people have been caught.

One intersection is getting the unflattering reputation of being the place where most of violations are happening.

On average, someone runs the light at Federal Highway and Southeast 23rd about every 90 minutes.

Officer Matt Zeller spends a lot of time looking at the policeman's version of instant replay. "He didn't even hit his brakes," he said while watching a video of someone running the light.

Whenever it's close, he makes the final call on whether to send the caught-on-tape driver a violation.

But sometimes, it's not close.

We saw tape of one driver running the light more than forty seconds after it turned. "What goes through my head is trying to figure out what goes through their head," said Zeller.

Of more than 2,200 violations the city has issued, about 1,500 - or two-thirds - have been at Federal Highway and Southeast 23rd Avenue.

Boynton Beach Police say they hope word that the cameras are live will slow down the rate of infractions. "If that extra second to pay attention to what you're doing, and you actually stop at that red light, you could save someone's life," said Zeller.

"I will be more cautious. That's what I will be. But I didn't know that many people ran that light. When I walk, I don't see it," said Boynton Beach grandmother Dorothy Jones.

The fourth intersection to get cameras was at Congress and Gateway which saw their cameras go live in the last few days.

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