APOPKA, Fla. – With a smile on his face, Apopka Mayor Bryan Nelson welcomes people back to his city who may have been afraid of their red light cameras.
"Come on back to Apopka, we'll love to have ya," the mayor said days after he fulfilled a campaign promise to get rid of the 17 red light cameras installed at intersections across the city back in 2007.
During Nelson's campaign, he said business and people told him they purposely avoided Apopka because of the red light cameras.
"It's an outcry, people just don't want them," Nelson said.
That's why on Jan. 1 the city did not renew the contract with the red light camera contractor. Nelson said after looking at studies and the city's statistics, the cameras didn't do much to improve safety in Apopka.
"Seems like it made sense at the time, I think its outlived it's usefulness," he said. "It's no longer generating safety improvements that we thought it should, so it's time to move on."
Apopka isn't the only city ready to move on.
In recent years, Holly Hill, Casselberry, Groveland and Clermont have also said goodbye to red light cameras.