Red light cameras are the absolute worst. Defenders says they make intersections safer, though study after study shows that lengthening yellow lights is actually much more effective. Though, yellow lights don't bring in money. (And lets be honest, for many local governments the red light cameras are all about the money.)
Well, the Florida House just narrowly passed a bill that would ban them.
The House narrowly passed the bill 59-57. Locally, Representatives Luis Garcia (D-Miami Beach), Carlos Lopez-Cantera (R-Miami), Ana Rivas Logan (R-Miami Dade), Jose Felix Diaz (R-Miami), Carlos Trujilo (R-Miami), Michael Bileca (R-Miami), and Frank Artiles (R-Miami) voted for the ban.
Representatives Eduardo Gonzalez (R-Hialeah), Barbara Watson (D-Miami Gardens), John Patrick Julien (D-North Miami Beach), Joseph Gibbons (D-Hallendale Beach), Richard L. Steinberg (D-Miami Beach), Daphne Campbell (D-Miami Beach), Cynthia Stafford (D-Miami), Erik Fresen (R-Miami), and Jeanette Nunez (R-Miami) voted against it.
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The Buzz reports however that the ban may not pass in the Senate, if the body decides to take it up at all, as more politicians may be skittish to anger local governments.
You can always find your local state senators contact information here if you'd wish to inform them on your thoughts about red light cameras.