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House to consider proposal restricting state red-light camera program

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A House committee on Wednesday will take up the bill seeking an overhaul of Florida’s red-light camera (RLC) laws, part of which would ban citations for motorists making right turns.

PCB HWSS 15-05, in front of the House Highway & Waterway Safety Subcommittee, would change the state’s red-light camera law passed in 2010.

In addition to ending citations for right turns, the bill would also limit how local governments use the revenue from RLC violations.

Violations of red-light laws carry a $158 fine; local governments get $75, with the rest going to the state. If passed, the bill would require local governments to spend its share on public-safety programs, including RLC program costs. Among other changes, the bill mandates violation notices be sent by certified mail. Currently, they are sent by first-class mail.

Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding HRNewsDaily.com. His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for Patch.com, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at phil@floridapolitics.com and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.

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