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Subcommittee gives green light to stop installation of red-light cameras

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Updated: 1/10 9:56 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Like them or not, red-light cameras are a fact of life for local drivers.

Some drivers that Action News spoke to say they like the red light cameras to help slow people down and to assist law enforcement; other drivers wish they would go away.

A proposal is making its way through committee that would stop any more cameras from being installed after July 1. The measure passed a subcommittee with a 10-3 vote.

Local Rep. Charles McBurney said there should also be exceptions made for drivers who are caught by red-light cameras that are already in service.

"If, for example, there was an emergency vehicle, a funeral procession, or evidence obviously that the yellow-light change interval doesn't conform with this bill if it was leased, that type of thing," says McBurney.

McBurney also wants to see lights timed the same way across the state and has introduced HB-553 to establish standardized timing.

With consistent yellow-light intervals, McBurney said drivers would know whether they have enough time to speed up or slow down, making it safer for everyone.

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