Local Red Light Cameras May Be Removed by State Repeal

By  //  February 21, 2013

FLORIDA House Bill 4011

ABOVE VIDEO (RTAmerica): Across America, red light cameras have become more common on streets. You might not know they are even there until you receive a letter in the mail with a picture of your vehicle running a red-light. Many local law enforcement officials claim the reason for the cameras are strictly for safety, but are they making streets safer?

Red light cameras installed by city and county officials may be repealed if House Bill 4011 is passed by the Florida Legislature.  

Last week, HB 4011 cleared the House Economic Affairs Committee by a 10-8 vote.

With bipartisan sponsorship from Representative Daphne Campbell (D-Miami) and Representative Ed Hooper (R-Clearwater), HB 4011 faces opposition from the Florida League of Cities, as well as law enforcement officials.

Cocoa Beach is one of many cities throughout the state with red light cameras.

The state of Florida receives $83 for every $158 fine issued for an infraction. According to the Florida Current, in the 2011-2012 fiscal year, the state received $51 million from the citations, with $43 million going to general revenue, $6.1 million going to the Health Administration Trust Fund and $1.9 million going to the Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Trust Fund.