Tallahassee Legislative Alert
December 1st, 2015
(ACTION ALERT IN THIS MESSAGE)
Call to action to repeal the use of red light cameras in the State of Florida
SB 168/HB 4027 Repeal Red Light Cameras
We have the opportunity to completely repeal the use of Red Light Cameras in Florida. Companion bills were filed by Senator Jeff Brandes (SB 168) and Representative Frank Artiles (HB 4027) which would repeal the use of traffic infraction devices, including the use of Red Light Cameras.
While this is great news, accomplishing this task will not be easy, especially in the Senate where red light camera companies, Red Flex and American Traffic Solutions, have invested heavily in campaign contributions and lobbyists to stop the repeal.
Notoriously, cities that lose money on the traffic infraction detectors invariably cancel their contracts and terminate their use proving that red light cameras are solely to generate revenue for local governments and not to increase public safety.
Numerous studies have proved that increasing the duration of yellow lights at traffic intersections saves lives. Recently, in order to increase red light camera profits, the Florida Department of Transportation deliberately changed the state policy to reduce yellow light intervals to below federal recommendations. This substantially increased revenue from violations while also increasing the risk to public safety. In addition, Red Flex Traffic Solutions corporate officers have even been arrested and convicted for bribing local government officials to support installation of red light cameras.
It’s time to end the corruption, pay-offs and extortion surrounding the use of red light cameras. Liberty First Network is committed to make this upcoming session the year that the cameras are finally turned off for good.
It will be a tough fight. We need to support the legislators who are fighting for us and let them know we will be fighting with them.
We at Liberty First Network will be on the front lines in Tallahassee fighting to pass SB 168 and HB 4027, but we need your help.
1. Call and e-mail Senator Jeff Brandes and thank him for filing SB 168. Let him know you will be making the calls and e-mails to help him pass this bill in the Senate.
State Senator Jeff Brandes
Tallahassee Number: (850) 487-5022
District Office Number: (727) 552-2745
2. Call and e-mail Representative Frank Artiles and thank him for filing HB 4027. Also let him know you will be making the calls and e-mails to help him pass this bill in the House.
Representative Frank Artiles
Tallahassee Number: (850) 717-5118
District Office Number: (305) 252-4300
3. HB 4027 is in the House Economic Affairs Committee chaired by Representative Jose Oliva. Representative Oliva is on record supporting the repeal of Red Light Cameras. Call and e-mail Representative Oliva and thank him for supporting the repeal of red light cameras and ask him to put HB 4027 on the next Economic Affairs Committee agenda.
Representative Jose Oliva
Tallahassee Number: (850) 717-5110
District Office Number: (305) 364-3114