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[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.

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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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