State Officials Reveal Increased Accidents With Red-light Cameras

State Officials Reveal Increased Accidents With Red-light Cameras

January 5th, 2017 by

As the debates begin to ramp up in the legislature over the effectiveness of red-light cameras, a new report reveals increased accidents at intersections with red-light cameras.

After reviewing 148 intersections in 28 cities across Florida, it was found that accidents increased by 10% compared to accidents before the red-light cameras were installed. The report does reveal some decreases in certain accidents, such as those involving non-motorists were down about 20%. However, the debate still continues over whether red-light cameras are helping to keep Floridians safe or are they merely acting as cash creators for the state.

   

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  • James C. Walker -

    Anyone who ever thought red light cameras were about anything but money is pretty naive. They were allowed for the express purpose of boosting the state budget, as the state takes an $83 commission on each $158 ticket without paying a penny of the high $4,000 to $5,000 per month per camera costs. Florida residents need to call and write their state Representatives, Senators, and the Governor to politely but clearly insist that House Bill 6007 and Senate Bill 178 to totally ban red light cameras become law. Let each official know you find the cameras to be unacceptable and that complete removal is the only acceptable solution. Contact information:
    http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/sections/representatives/myrepresentative.aspx
    http://www.flsenate.gov/senators/find
    http://www.flgov.com/contact-governor/

    James C. Walker, Life Member – National Motorists Association

  • James C. Walker -

    It is common, though not certain at every camera intersection, for red light cameras to increase the crash rates. Anyone who thinks red light cameras are primarily about safety has not studied the issue very well – particularly for Florida.

    The 2010 law authorizing the cameras was passed to benefit the state budget which gets an $83 commission on each $158 ticket (52.5% of the total), without paying a penny of the typical $4,000 to $5,000 per month per camera costs. Heavy lobbying and campaign contributions from the for-profit camera companies which get another 20% to 40% of the total fines helped to push the bill through the legislature.

    The state, the for-profit camera companies, and many of their for-profit city business partners do not care if the crash rates go up at camera intersections, so long as the money rolls in.

    Red light cameras need to be banned by law in Florida, as they are in some other states already.

    James C. Walker, National Motorists Association

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