Tuesday, February 7th is a big day for repealing red light cameras. SB 178 will be heard in the Senate Transportation Committee at 2:00 on Tuesday February 7th. On January 27th, HB 6007 passed the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee 13-1. Many legislators that sit on that subcommittee told Paul Henry and John Hallman that they were receiving hundreds of calls to repeal the cameras. We need the same effort for the Senate Transportation Committee.
Your phone calls and e-mails are making a difference, so let’s keep it going leading up to Tuesday.
On average, intersections in Florida using Red Light Cameras are more dangerous! A 2016 report by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles shows intersections using the cameras reported:
• Total crashes UP 10.14%
• Angle crashes UP 6.72%
• Rear-end crashes UP 11.41%
• Serious injury crashes UP 26.80%
• Fatal crashes UP 100%
Studies have shown a significant reduction of crashes by just increasing the yellow light timing. But, lengthening yellow lights does not make money for the state and local governments. In fact, a House Committee report stated that increasing yellow light timing would cause a reduction in revenue, because there would be less red light infractions. I THOUGHT THAT WAS THE GOAL! Apparently not, it is all about the money.
The fact is RLCs are big money. They have pulled in millions into state coffers. It’s nearly free money for the state, as the vendor pays to install them, and local cities and counties pay to oversee them- even to the point of losing money. The state gets 52.5% of fine money for very little outlay.
2017 is the year we end the use of these unconstitutional devices in Florida but we need your help to make that happen.
SB 178 will be heard in the Senate Transportation Committee Tuesday, February 7th, 2017 at 2:00 PM.
Please call and e-mail the members of the Senate Transportation Committee and tell them to support SB 178.
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