Red Light Camera Bill Heads to Crist

Florida drivers may want to put the brakes on a bad habit of running a red light.

The Florida Senate voted Tuesday 30-7 to send the bill to Governor Charlie Crist that would authorize automatic cameras to ticket red light violators.

According to the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles In 2008, 76 deaths and more than 5,600 injuries were caused by motorists ignoring red lights.

The state estimates it will receive $29.2 million in the first year while local governments are expected to get $10.1 million in the first year.

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  • by Tom Location: Tallahassee on May 12, 2010 at 01:36 PM
    We sure hope he does the right thing and VETO this Bill
  • by Concerned Location: Tallahassee on Apr 28, 2010 at 05:47 AM
    How do they know who the Driver of the Car is. Lots of people use someone else car and company cars.
  • by anon Location: here on Apr 27, 2010 at 07:17 PM
    So according to this story, the whole push for these red light cameras is to collect fines from offenders and has little to do with trying to prevent intersection collisions. $29 million is a nice projected offset to cover the corporate tax giveaway to private for profit charter schools. The individual citizen is still stuck paying the cost one way or another. The fines should also have violation points charged to the drivers record like the other operator violations. Maybe if lots of people run the lights and run up points and loose their license - then the roads will be less crowded, or they will still drive without a license.
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