Woman fined for running red light at hospital ER entrance

Woman questions city's motivation for putting red light camera at hospital ER entrance

TAMARAC, Fla. – Red light cameras are supposed to help prevent accidents. But one South Florida woman claims it nearly endangered her life.

"I was throwing up. I was doubled over. I didn't know what it was," said Shelley Rappaport.

Rappaport says she wasn't sure she was going to make it. But as they approached the left turn into University Hospital, the light turned red. The road was clear so her friend slowed down and carefully went through the intersection. This was, after all, an emergency.

"Lou said to me, 'Should I wait?' And I said, 'Go.' I mean it was terrible," she said.

Turns out, a kidney stone was to blame for Rappaport's symptoms. The stone eventually passed, but insult followed injury when she received a red light camera violation from the City of Tamarac, and a $158 fine.

Upon closer look, you can see the flashes from the camera as they went through the light.

Rappaport decided to challenge the violation at city hall, thinking the hearing officer would certainly understand.

"I had all expectations that it was going to be thrown out," she said.