Despite more ‘yellow time’ this Boynton spot has most red-light runners

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Now that Boynton Beach elected officials have decided to continue the city’s red-light camera program through 2021, we thought it would be interesting for the readers to know what intersection has the most violators.

I bet you will be surprised with the answer. I was.

No, it’s not any of the Congress Avenue intersections.

It’s Federal Highway and Southeast 23rd Avenue, just south of Woolbright Road.

In the past year, 9,861 drivers at that intersection received citations.

Why there?

Distracted driving, Boynton Beach Police Sgt. Phil Hawkins told The Palm Beach Post.

Hawkins said there is a large gap, about 1.5 miles, on Federal between Gulfstream Boulevard and 23rd Avenue that drivers “cruise” down and don’t pay attention while they drive. More violators are northbound than southbound on Federal, Hawkins said.

The state’s Department of Transportation recommends that the Federal yellow light be 3.5 seconds long. The county, which regulates the light, added .5 of a second to make it four seconds long.

If a driver is traveling at the 35 mph speed limit, he or she should be able to stop at the light, Hawkins said.

Here’s the other intersections and how many violations drivers there had for the same time period:

  • Boynton Beach Boulevard and Northwest Eighth Street: 4,380
  • Woolbright Road and Congress Avenue: 4,099
  • Gateway Boulevard and Congress Avenue: 3,261
  • Boynton Beach and Seacrest boulevards: 2,476
  • Boynton Beach Boulevard and Congress Avenue: 2,021
  • Woolbright Road and Southwest Eighth Street: 854

In total, 26,952 violations were issued.

The drivers who run the lights on Congress Avenue tend to be rushing to beat the light, Hawkins said. Also, a lot of drivers make U-turns on the red light.

“That’s not legal. It’s totally illegal. I don’t know where they got that from,” he said.

For those drivers who have questions about the red-light camera program, Hawkins will do a presentation live on the Boynton police department’s Facebook at 11 a.m. Thursday. Follow along on Facebook by searching for Boyntonbeachpolice.