Red Light Runners

A proposed bill is aiming to stop red light runners. By setting the standard for cameras to be at traffic lights throughout the sunshine state.

The cameras would be put at dangerous intersections, taking a picture of red light runners' license plates. They would later receive a ticket in the mail. The idea for the legislation came after a wreck claimed the life of Mark Wendell.

Wendell died after a car ran a red light and smashed into his vehicle in 2003.

Wendell’s wife Melissa has been pushing the red light law ever since her husband’s death.

Wendell said, “Do I think it’’s going to stop every single person from running a red light? Absolutely not, but if it can stop as many people as possible or curve those bad behaviors, I think it’s my responsible to do that.”

A committee voted to approve the bill. Wendell’s hoping to get the Red Light Law in front of lawmakers in March.


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  • by cmb Location: tallahassee on Feb 22, 2008 at 03:12 PM
    good! something needs to be done. i myself have almost been hit several times. another way to fix this problem is to get the city of tallahassee to fix the timing of the signals. every other intersection is green red green red. no wonder people run red lights. they are tired of sitting at them.
  • by Steve Location: Tallahassee on Feb 22, 2008 at 02:11 PM
    There are many states that use cameras, but the tickets are unenforceable due to the fact that tickets constitute an arrest and a law enforcement agent, not a postal employee, must serve the ticket. If peope are so concerned about red light runners, petition your local police cheif and sheriff to stop having deputies and police concentrate on speeders and start watching intersections. I believe the norm for traffic infractions is write tickets after wrecks occur and concentrate on speeders since speeding fines generate so much revenue.
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