CLEARWATER, Fla. (FOX 13) - Clearwater police shared video Tuesday afternoon that shows a driver speeding through a red light on five separate occasions at the same intersection.
The violations happened between February 12 and 28. Police say two of the violations occurred within 34 minutes of each other.
"It's beyond crazy," said Rob Shaw, spokesperson for Clearwater Police Department. "It's bad enough when somebody runs a red light one time. But, to think that somebody would run a red light five times within 17 days just shows a certain callousness for, and a disregard for, the law."
The incidents all happened at Belcher Road and Gulf to Bay Boulevard. So far, the driver has paid one of the $158 notices of violation. The other four have been mailed.
"One of the difficult things with a red light camera, you can't prove who's driving," Shaw said. "So, it would be very hard, if not impossible, to tie it to an individual because you don't know if he let somebody else use the car, a relative, a friend, or what."
A relative of the driver tells FOX 13 there's more to this story. She said that he suffers from mental illness and that she is working to get him help and get him off the road. Because of those circumstances, we chose not to name the driver.
"We are very fortunate that in one of those cases, that he never crashed into somebody," Shaw continued. "He could've crashed into another car and seriously killed or hurt someone."
Police say this video is a reminder to all drivers to not only obey the law, but to be aware of your surroundings, even when the light turns green.
"Pause, look both ways before you start because you never know when somebody's going to come barreling through that light," Shaw said.
Beyond the cameras, Clearwater officers occasionally sit at problem areas to crack down on red light runners. It's an issue, unfortunately, in just about every city.
As for this driver, again police say he's paid one notice of violation. However, if he fails to pay any of the remaining four, by state law, his license could be suspended.