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New push to ban red-light cameras in Florida

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Updated: 9/05/2013 11:28 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (WOKV) -- Two local state senators are divided on a newly proposed bill that would remove all of Florida's red light cameras.

Sen. Jeff Brandes, who represents St. Petersburg, filed a bill Wednesday (SB 144) that would remove the Mark Wandall Traffic Safety Act of 2010 from Florida law. The law allows the use of red light cameras to monitor intersections for violations.

"We have had red-light cameras in Florida for over three years," Sen. Brandes said. "They were initially sold as safety devices, but I have come to firmly believe that they are now being used as backdoor tax increases."

Democratic state Sen. Audrey Gibson from Jacksonville tells WOKV she wouldn't support this bill right now, though she'd consider a limit on the number of cameras on one stretch of road.

"But to just throw the baby out with the bath water when we have proven safety results, I don't think that's the right thing to do," Gibson said.

Gibson said she has seen with her own eyes how the cameras have helped to make sure people don't run red lights.

But Republican state Sen. Aaron Bean from Jacksonville calls the cameras "ticketing machines" meant for grabbing money.

"Last year, last session, we voted to get rid of drones on spying on Florida citizens," Bean said. "What red-light cameras are, are just little tiny drones that just sit at these intersections."

Bean said if the Florida Legislature can't remove the cameras, they should create new guidelines for how tickets are issued at the intersections.

"It's all about the money," he said.
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Paul Henry - 9/6/2013 9:16 PM
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This scheme needs to be put to rest. The corruption alone is terrible. According to the DHSMV, over $81 million of red light scheme tickets were issued and NOT dismissed. The Dept. of revenue only reported taking in $51 million during the same time (FY 2012). Where's the $30 million? Or maybe the local agencies falsified their data to make the program look like it really worked? After 25 years of police work in Florida, I can say the bottom line is no camera on a pole will awaken or make sober an inattentive or impaired driver. These are the people running lights 2+ seconds into the red and hurting or killing others. Local agencies & the state know this and this is why they refuse to release or try to hide this crash data. Fatal red light violation crashes went up from 53 in 2010 to 72 in the first full year of use of this scheme in 2011.

dregstudios - 9/6/2013 7:07 PM
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Traffic cameras are just another form of Policing for Profit as Capitalism distorts our Justice System. These companies are bottom-feeders and take a 40% cut of the tickets while creating MORE dangerous intersections by fixing the lengths of yellow lights to entrap drivers. You can read about how private companies and crooked politicians have turned our Police forces on their ear in every attempt to squeeze money out of the general public at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2012/08/the-privatized-police-state.html

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ribcool - 9/6/2013 8:07 AM
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I think this needs to be looked at again. Reason being that the lights are not on the same time line. In some areas the yellow light is shorter than a intersection allows flow of traffic. In other area you find that red lights are longer in some areas and stop the flow of traffic till it uncontrollable lines of cars. So if you think these cameras are safety look again. Cause not everyone is really feeling safe when a camera misfires a photo. I do think however something needs to be done to flow traffic.

ribcool - 9/6/2013 8:05 AM
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I think this needs to be looked at again. Reason being that the lights are not on the same time line. In some areas the yellow light is shorter than a intersection allows flow of traffic. In other area you find that red lights are longer in some areas and stop the flow of traffic till it uncontrollable lines of cars. So if you think these cameras are safety look again. Cause not everyone is really feeling safe when a camera misfires a photo. I do think however something needs to be done to flow traffic.

RFM2009 - 9/6/2013 7:04 AM
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The Red-Light Cameras are nothing more than a City run Cash Hustle - OUTLAW and Remove them. There are times when this current City Council truly insults the intelligence of the taxpayers and voters.
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