Libertarian Party To Fight Red Light Cameras

By: Amy Long/ Press Release
By: Amy Long/ Press Release

The camera monitoring westbound and northbound traffic at Capital Circle northwest and West Tennessee Street was activated Monday.

The Libertarian party of Florida says the cameras create more problems than they solve causing drivers to "panic break" to avoid automatic fines.

The party also says the government is using the scare tactic- to misguide drivers into thinking the cameras are the only way to keep drivers safe.

The cameras were found unconstitutional in seven states. The Libertarian party hope to reintroduce a bill to ban the cameras in Florida.

Red light cameras will photograph drivers in the intersection of Magnolia Drive and Apalachee Parkway starting Monday December 27th.



Libertarian Party To Fight Red Light Cameras

WINTER PARK, FL - Through its Executive Committee, the Libertarian Party of Florida has voted to support future legislation to ban the use of red light cameras within the State of Florida.

The cameras have been popping up in various communities throughout the state as local government coffers dry up. Recent support for the cameras by local governments seems to correlate to the reduction of regular tax revenues.

The Libertarian Party of Florida has successfully lobbied the state legislature in past years to keep the state from approving their use and now seeks an all-out ban of the devices which create more problems then they solve.

Some people are under the misguided idea that the cameras will reduce accidents at intersections. However ,the data shows a completely different picture. In only a handful of anecdotal situations have the cameras helped, while the overwhelming evidence clearly shows installation of the cameras make intersections less safe by creating more accidents, thereby using more rescue and police services.

In 2010, the Florida legislature passed and Governor Crist signed HB 325 "Uniform Traffic Control" into law which will benefit Goldman Sachs financially and put more Floridians in the hospital. The Goldman Sachs has a 30%+ stake in American Traffic Solutions (ATS). ATS and Redflex Systems will get most of the Florida contracts.

The American Automobile Association (AAA), the Libertarian Party of Florida, the National Motorists Association and many individuals vigorously attempted to block this poorly drafted legislation, however it passed nonetheless.

The Libertarian Party of Florida does not condone running red lights, but it is clear the installation of these cameras greatly increase the chances more Floridians will be sent to the hospital with debilitating injuries. Many studies on this phenomenon have been conducted over decades and they tend to come to the same conclusion - a dramatic increase in accidents where the cameras have been installed. They found that the number of rear end collisions increased as drivers would "panic brake" during a yellow light sequence in an attempt to avoid the automatic fine.

Increasing the yellow light by one second, combined with a one between red and green for cross traffic, dramatically decreases accidents. Contrary to these findings, some governments, perhaps in an attempt to raise revenue, have been found guilty of reducing the yellow signal time.

Red light cameras have been banned in Connecticut, Nevada, New Hampshire, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Mississippi and Minnesota. Some have been banned due to safety concerns, others due to a state supreme court finding them illegal and unconstitutional.

Minneapolis, Minnesota is actually suing Redflex Traffic Systems for $3 million due to the refunds it has made to Minnesotans after their Supreme Court ruled the cameras illegal.

In Washington, DC, after sifting through its data and finding the cameras increased accidents, it continued the program anyway due to the revenue it brought in.

The Virginia Department of Transportation conducted a study and subsequently followed it up two years later to confirm the cameras increased accidents at intersections with the cameras.

The Libertarian Party of Florida encourages its membership and all Floridians to openly oppose red light cameras, and to fight citations they may receive through the court system. The LPF will also continue in its efforts to officially ban the use of red light cameras in the State of Florida. "After an exhaustive study of this issue, I thoroughly endorse the banning of Red Light Cameras in the State of Florida," said Vicki Kirkland, Chairperson of the Libertarian Party of Florida.

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  • by Stephan Location: Rosser on Mar 10, 2011 at 10:17 AM
    What about the innocent people who are not lawbreakers that get tickets because of a 1.2 second decision that they made to go through the intersection because of circumstances that arose while preceding to the intersection. You have a choice to abruptly slam on the brakes and look like an a-hole or proceed with caution all after a split second decision. I am sorry about anyones loss due to an unfortunate and irresponsible action of another but fund your personal grievances with private money. Now I have to take time off of work to fight an unjust ticket because I made what was a thought out split second decision where no harm was done. Studies prove and show you that extending yellow light times by one and one half seconds reduces red light violations by 96% and reducing red light times gives you less time to make an intelligent decision but it increases revenue by 300% but like all conservative decisions it is based on fear and money and given the pretext and label that it saves live
  • by debbie on Dec 24, 2010 at 05:12 PM
    Left side Right side..Doesn't matter. Red light cameras help keep our streets safer.
  • by Geri B on Dec 23, 2010 at 11:13 AM
    Wow, this is an issue they have decided to champion...
  • by Starchild Location: on Dec 23, 2010 at 01:02 AM
    Anarchy simply means no government. It should not be confused with disorder. Lots of situations without government are perfectly peaceful and orderly. So let's dispense with the fear-mongering about "anarchy on the roads" if red light cameras (scameras?) are eliminated. Several European towns have gotten rid of all traffic signs and rules. Disaster? Nope. "The number of accidents has declined dramatically" according to large mainstream German newspaper Der Spiegel (see,1518,448747,00.html). Fewer laws and rules works much better than the fearful typically expect. Let's have courage and embrace freedom!
  • by Starchild Location: on Dec 23, 2010 at 12:43 AM
    Despite its relatively small size and lack of resources, the Libertarian Party of Florida is doing the important work in standing up for freedom that the Democrats and Republicans are not. It's common knowledge that the impetus for red-light cameras is for politicians to generate revenue, not because they promote safety. One more way for government to pick our pockets, this time at the expense of civil liberties and privacy. The sooner snooping government cameras are removed from public roadways, the better!
  • by greenlight cameras stoppers Location: leon on Dec 22, 2010 at 05:52 PM
    what about the idiots that stop at green lights? do they get a fine? or just aswipe up side the head with abaseball bat?
  • by Stephen Location: Trilby on Dec 22, 2010 at 03:02 PM
    It is so nice to see the SCAMERA COMPANY ASTRO TURF OUT! That is the best you can do, try to push emotional arguments. RLC are a SCAM! The NMA is right. The only reason you astro turf Scamera lobbist are hear is because the public is starting to see the RLC companies as the SCAM Orgainzation they are! (THE JIG IS UP, or didn't Houston tell ya that by now!) Most RLV crashes WILL NEVER BE STOPPED BY A RLC! (Think it will stop a DUI?) That is fact! Or is Andressean (with 11 years of data) didn't "happen"??? If you want to see more of the Astro Turf from Vendors like ATS. Read here: Fight the SCAM! Don't believe the SCAMERA company front group that is no doubt posting here! and please check out / the nice section on why RLC DON'T Work:
  • by Seriously? Location: Tallahassee on Dec 22, 2010 at 11:19 AM
    The Nat'l Motorist Assoc. isn't exactly the most credible source on safety issues - they don't support seat belts or drunk driving laws so, of course, they are not going to support the cameras. They need to stop making this a political issue. Time and time again, the cameras have proven to decrease speeding and accidents. Let our law enforcement use whatever tools necessary to do their job.
  • by Tim Location: FL on Dec 22, 2010 at 10:56 AM
    Safety shouldn't be a political issue. The cameras are a great tool for police to use to enforce laws, so why try to make it harder for them to keep our streets safe?
  • by Anonymous on Dec 22, 2010 at 06:20 AM
    Brent S. is the winner. Well said! Longer yellows and longer delay in color changes won't solve anything, it will only further push when the law breakers will break the law. Throw up some spike strips when the light changes!
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