This week saw Florida State Governor Charlie Christ sign a bill permitting Red Light Cameras to be installed on Florida state roads. This has given the 'green light' for many cities that were hesitating to install the camera. It also cleared the way for the cameras to be installed at some of the most dangerous intersections on the state owned and operated roads.
The new law calls for fines of $158. Cities and counties will receive $45 to $75 per infraction, depending on who owns the road. The state will get $70, trauma centers will get $10, and $3 will go to the state Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Trust Fund.
State analysts estimate Florida could realize more than $29 million in the first year the cameras are up and as much as $95 million a year by 2014. Local governments could get $10 million that year and almost $66 million by 2014.
In the USA you are permitted to turn right on red, but you must come to a full stop before doing so. This is where a large number of the tickets are expected to be issued. These figures suggest that red-light running is endemic amongst road users and that despite the cameras the drivers habits are not expected to improve.
You can rest assured that we have our camera spotters and verifiers driving the Floridian roads making sure the new cameras are in our speed camera database.
Posted by Blinkenlights on Mon May 17, 2010 4:28 pm
Surely the point of the red light cameras should be to stop drivers running red lights.
If they are expecting any revenue at all, then the cameras will not be making the junctions safer and should be considered a failure.
Posted by garcor on Tue May 18, 2010 12:00 pm
One thing that I have learned after spending my winters in Florida for the past 10 years is that when you get a green light at an intersection you better look both ways before you move, at least 3 out of 10 times someone is running a red light.