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— Two of Collier County’s red-light running cameras along Immokalee Road malfunctioned this week, flashing like strobe lights and confusing motorists.

But in this case, more flashes doesn’t necessarily mean more tickets, county officials said.

“Just because somebody sees a flash doesn’t mean that they’re getting a citation,” Collier County Transportation Services spokeswoman Connie Deane said.

The bulbs on the cameras at Immokalee Road and Airport-Pulling Road, and Immokalee Road and Livingston Road, started flashing repeatedly earlier this week. Deane could not confirm reports of a similar malfunction at Airport-Pulling Road and Pine Ridge Road.

“We’ve told the contractor to either get them fixed or turn the power off,” Deane said. “It’s apparently causing some concern out there for drivers.”

When observed around 3:30 p.m. today , the cameras were no longer flashing.

In 2009, the county installed 12 red-light cameras at intersections with high crash totals and crash rates. Eight more were set to be installed in early 2010.

The cameras usually work by taking three photos and a 12-second video of a vehicle as it runs a red light. To verify that an infraction occurred, the photos and video are reviewed by the vendor, Arizona-based American Traffic Solutions, and by the Collier County Sheriff’s Office before citations are sent in the mail.

That process will ensure that no one will get a ticket who hasn’t actually run a red light, officials said.

“This is nothing that is going to affect anyone’s citation or violation,” Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Michelle Batten said.

Batten said the Sheriff’s Office has not received any calls from drivers about the malfunctioning cameras.

“American Traffic Solutions is aware of the issues with the two cameras in Collier County,” company spokeswoman Ellen Pence said in an e-mail. “We are taking this issue very seriously. Our local technicians have been on site, and we realize that a few of our signal detectors need to be readjusted to return to normal functioning.

“We are working to accomplish that as quickly as possible, and hopefully the issue will be fixed no later than mid-day tomorrow .”

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u2cane writes:

Arizona kept the cubs, now we should tell them to keep their malfunctioning red light cameras before they start blaming our hurricanes on them!

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