Bill repealing red light cameras passes first stop

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The Florida Senate Transportation Committee today passed a bill which repeals the use of traffic infraction detectors, also known as ?ed 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.

? want to thank members of the Transportation Committee for passing this bill and allowing it to proceed through the legislative process,?said Garcia. ?t 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? 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.

?here are a variety of perceived infractions which cannot be determined without a human witness,?added Garcia. ?he 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. For more information, visitwww.flsenate.gov.

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