[UPDATE] Floridians Plan Red Light Camera Protest

By: Eyewitness News, Senator Rene Garcia Release
By: Eyewitness News, Senator Rene Garcia Release

[UPDATE] Tallahassee, Florida - Noon -

1787 Radio Network Release

Liberty groups throughout Florida have joined forces for a statewide protest of red light camera ticketing to be held simultaneously in several cities on Tuesday, April 12 from 5:30-7:00pm.

These coordinated protests are being organized and supported by groups such as Campaign for Liberty, the Libertarian Party of Florida, the Republican Liberty Caucus, Florida Civil Rights Association, the 1787 Radio Network, and several local tea party and 9/12 groups.

The following protest locations have been confirmed, and more locations are being planned:

Dale Mabry and Waters Avenue, Tampa

US 19 and Ridge Road, New Port Richey

Old Capitol Museum, Tallahassee

Conroy Rd and Vineland RD, Orlando

SR A1A & SR 520, Brevard, Cocoa Beach

Minton Rd & Palm Bay Rd, Palm Bay

Corner of Pine Ridge Road and US4, Naples

Spring Hill Drive and Mariner Blvd, Spring Hill

A1A and 520 and Eau Gallie and US1, Brevard County

Opponents of red light cameras raise several specific objections, including studies that show that red light cameras increase accidents at intersections. They also point out that the process of issuing red light camera citations violates the Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

These groups are also urging their members to contact their state legislators and tell them to support SB 672 and HB 149, which would ban the use of red light cameras in Florida.


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – March 31, 2011 --

The Florida Senate Transportation Committee today passed a bill which repeals the use of traffic infraction detectors, also known as “red light cameras,” to enforce traffic laws in the state of Florida. Sponsored by Senator Rene Garcia, R-Hialeah, Senate Bill 672 would remove red light cameras from state roads by next July.

“I want to thank members of the Transportation Committee for passing this bill and allowing it to proceed through the legislative process,” said Garcia. “It protects Floridians from the intrusion of what is ultimately a Big Brother law that could open the door to a host of other unwelcome and intrusive initiatives.”

Studies such as the National Motorists Association’s evaluation of red light cameras have found that red light cameras do not create a significant improvement to traffic flow or reduction to the number of accidents. Garcia argues that with the proper traffic control devices and signs, safety can be improved without infraction detector devices.Red light cameras are triggered by any vehicle entering an intersection above a pre-set minimum speed and following a specific time after the signal turns red – it records the license plate number, vehicle speed, date and time of day and elapsed time since the beginning of the red signal.

“There are a variety of perceived infractions which cannot be determined without a human witness,” added Garcia. “The removal of these cameras will avoid incidents when citizens are being ticketed due to funeral processions, emergency vehicles or while the vehicle was in the control of another person lawfully or unlawfully.”

Next, Senate Bill 672 will be heard in the Senate Community Affairs Committee and then by the Budget Committee.

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  • by felix Location: apopka on May 13, 2011 at 07:55 PM
    where is the money really going -they are closing a school in longwood -no money-where is the lotto school money??? no shuttle -no jobs??no delay time in between red to green -no yellow??? why is there no cameras at locations that sell liquor or at bar locations to catch drunk drivers??? put them in shopping centers for businesses and we the people that need real safety and security-we need security that way...from welch road to park ave -apopka is in need of resurfacing-no budget for that .... we the people have no money to have a budget...- THE HARDWORKING MAN -THE HOMELESS- AND THE HUNGRY GOD BLESS THE WHAT ????ETC THEY ARE THEIVES LAUNDERING MONEY TO ARIZONA-WE ARE IN FLORIDA.....
  • by james Location: talla. on Apr 12, 2011 at 04:27 AM
    lived here useum is locatedall my live and still don;t now where the old capt. musem
  • by Steveareno Location: brevard on Apr 12, 2011 at 02:44 AM
    As I have said somewhere else, its the thrill of the moment they seek, to test fate, thats all; its part of the reason behind the protest like an addict losing his supplier. Studies, schmudies; when you sitting in the middle of an intersection with a busted arm, concussion, and blood spilling from God knows where waiting for eternity for it all to stop, those counter-studies have no merit. Besides, the way the price of gas is going, eventually, no one except Trumpniks are going to be running anything.
  • by Lip Cheese on Apr 11, 2011 at 07:06 PM
    Instead of worrying about something petty like running red lights They need to make bikes and motorcyles illegal. Just because you are having a mid life crisis doesn't mean your loud and hard to see harley or slow bicycle should be allowed to inconvenience everyone else
    • reply
      by steveareno on Apr 12, 2011 at 04:16 AM in reply to Lip Cheese
      how petty is losing a spouse or child to a redrunner?
  • by HELLO??? on Apr 11, 2011 at 04:24 PM
    I thought legislators were trying to cut expenses, counting every penny available to balance the shortfall in the budget. Is this expense REALLY needed? What a joke of elected officials we have!!
  • by steveareno Location: brevard on Apr 11, 2011 at 03:12 PM
    Just wait 20 years from now, they will have upgraded the cameras to vaporize vehicles if they run the light. No fines.
    • reply
      by Jack on Apr 11, 2011 at 05:20 PM in reply to steveareno
      I'm for that; get 'em out of the gene pool
      • reply
        by Stumpknocker on Apr 11, 2011 at 06:33 PM in reply to Jack
        Steveareno, I have forever wanted a dashboard vaporizer to zap fools that nearly run me over. I have had a safe driving record for 35 years and have been totaled twice by idiots ramming me. I have a built in radar now; I don't let nobody within 500 ft. that I ain't a watchin.
  • by steveareno Location: brevard on Apr 11, 2011 at 03:03 PM
    They are concerned they may be caught with a finger up their nose or otherwise as they didnt want to ruin the moment by hitting the brakes.
  • by Stumpknocker on Apr 11, 2011 at 02:24 PM
    I like to drive real slow and get the driver behind me mad. Then I count the seconds for a green light and pull out. Then I stop and count the orange light and the take off!! That always causes the driver behind me to get a red light camera flash. Ha! Ha! Only been rear ended once and I "let em off the hook". Ha! Ha! I love the fun you can have with "stupid government stuff"!!
  • by Bill from Woodville Location: Tallahassee on Apr 11, 2011 at 02:22 PM
    I think if you are a state worker, you should have to pay double the fine because all of the mess you have created with my governor.
  • by Surprise Location: leon county on Apr 11, 2011 at 12:43 PM
    We need a list of the elected that voted for this scam thats what we really need so they can be punished at the polls.
    • reply
      by Anonymous on Apr 11, 2011 at 03:09 PM in reply to Surprise
      So we can renew their contract.
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