[UPDATE] Red Light Camera Repeal

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

TALLAHASSEE --- 5/4/11 --- 5:15PM:

The Florida House voted to repeal red light cameras on Monday… but the Senate refuses to take up the bill. The Senate Sponsor Rene Garcia isn’t going down without a fight. He’s working with chamber leaders to find a way to get his bill heard. The hang up is the price tag on removing the devices.

“I’m being cautiously optimistic. I’m working with the senate president, but really my big hang up is with (Senator) J.D. Alexander because of the 70-million dollar impact to the state,” said Garcia.

Meanwhile the House isn’t waiting on the Senate. They loaded up a Senate bill with provisions that would make it harder for cities and counties to install red light cameras. There are just two days left in the legislative session.

The Florida House has narrowly voted to repeal a law allowing the use of cameras to catch red light runners.
It was passed just a year ago.
The 59-57 roll call on Monday sent the repeal bill (HB 4087) to
the Senate where it's unlikely to pass as similar legislation (SB
672) hasn't made it out of committee there.
The repeal's sponsor, Rep. Richard Corcoran, a New Port Richey
Republican, argued last year's law is nothing but a front to make
money for companies that contract with local governments to provide
the cameras.
Others argued the cameras are an invasion of privacy and
disputed studies showing they save lives.
The law is named for Mark Wandall, who was killed by a red light
runner in Bradenton.

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  • by ktj Location: tallahasssee on May 3, 2011 at 03:43 PM
    Everyone that wants to do away with these cameras will be the first ones wishing we still had them if God forbid a drunk driver or a individual that simply ran a red light not only hit but killed one of their loved ones. Those cameras aren't invading anything, they are only activated when u break the law so if don't want your law breaking ways invaded DON'T BREAK THE LAW.
  • by Bob on May 3, 2011 at 01:18 PM
    The senate needs to follow the house lead and repeal the red light cameras without delays. At least the house has returned to common sense and respecting citizen rights.
  • by T Location: Tally on May 3, 2011 at 12:03 PM
    Seriously!?! First you spend money on a project that took a lot of encouragement to be accepted, now you are repealing it....can we say HUGE waste of not only money but also TIME, which is money when it comes down to it. Are we really relying on these folks to make all of our decisions? Not very smart if you ask me....
  • by John Location: Live Oak on May 3, 2011 at 10:13 AM
    A great move Florida!! Gestapo-style robotic police enforcement techniques are un-American ----and tend to be corrupt! Those who support this have yet to be caught 'breaking the law' themselves; but they will be if this law does not pass. So get out your fat-cat check books, all you future traffic "criminals". Let our court accusers at least be human beings!
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      by Thom on May 3, 2011 at 01:41 PM in reply to John
      Video evidence would logically tend to remove the bias and error of human enforcement, so I guess you are not logical. Also, please, review all of the procedures the law has in place to avoid sending erroneous tickets.
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        by Jessica on May 3, 2011 at 04:04 PM in reply to Thom
        The procedures only work if the city chooses to follow them. There are no penalities for them if they don't. I know because since September I have been trying to get the City of Tallahassee to either send the UTC for me to fight the violation in court or send the letter that they said they would send to retract it. I finally had to spend about $30.00 sending certified letters to the City Counsel after 7 months of no action from the program officials. I should not have had to spend a dime because the notice was sent in violation of the LAW. In response to my letter I was assured a retraction letter would be sent, but I was told that in December too. The program has good attention, but giving to much power to government when they stand to profit is only asking for corruption. I can only wonder how many just paid for making right turns on red rather than take the time off work to fight the ticket that should never have been issued?
  • by Anon on May 3, 2011 at 08:46 AM
    Sounds like the people who are complaining the most are the ones who are breaking the law. Save the cameras
  • by Lee on May 3, 2011 at 08:34 AM
    It's OK to use cameras on a women body but not OK to take pictures of those breaking the law?
  • by ;o) mm Location: Tallahassee on May 3, 2011 at 08:19 AM
    Please do not do away with the red light cameras. They really do slow down a lot of drivers and save lives. I'll bet the only people that voted to outlaw the cameras has already gotten one ticket at least. I just wish we had more of them.
  • by Thom on May 3, 2011 at 06:07 AM
    First, there should be a 60% or 75% vote requirement to repeal any law within the first two or three years of existence. Second, I thought private companies making money is what the governor and (R) leadership want. At least those sorry public workers will not get as much money [sarcasm].
  • by Alice Location: Crawfordville on May 3, 2011 at 05:50 AM
    make up your MINDS Florida House you are wrost then a YO YO. 1st you want RED LIGHT cameras for MORE MONEY then you DON"T want RED LIGHTS the Florida House is like an old lady that can't make up her mind to go to an NURSING HOME
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