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No More Red Light Cameras? Here's What Your Neighbors Are Saying

As the Florida House of Representatives considers outlawing red light cameras around the state, here's what some Patch readers had to say on the subject.

Since we told you last week about a bill under consideration by the Florida House of Representatives that would strike down the use of red light cameras, Patch readers have had plenty to say on the topic.

Our story, Red Light Cameras: Should They Stay or Go?, received more than 120 comments as of Tuesday night. Here's what some Carrollwood-Northdale Patch readers had to say:

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"They should be illegal. Those cameras are nothing but cash cows for states. I especially hate the ones one Waters Ave. They just wait for you to make a stupid mistake and then they slap you with a $158 ticket. Pay it late and they automatically tack on a $100 penalty! Highway Robbery!!! Reminds me oF the Town of Starke and their Speed Traps. Money pits....."
 
Brian Maday

"Beyond all of the aforementioned negative thoughts on theses cameras:
AS A FREE PEOPLE, NOTHING SHOULD BE PUT IN PLACE TO "SPY" ON IT'S CITIZENS"!
This reeks of 'Big Brother' and Obummer 'Killer drones'."

Do you agree? Should red light cameras be banned in Florida? Why or why not? Share your thoughts in the comments section below to continue the conversation.

Stephen February 21, 2013 at 01:47 PM
What is really interesting is if you look at who voted agains the RLC ban bill, ALMOST ALL TOO CASH FROM ATS! http://retiredpublicsafety.com/wp/america-fundamentally/ Quote: "This means 2 of 3 Republicans and all of the Democrats that took ATS money from 2011-2012 voted against the ban bill." The next committee is grand. http://libertytampabay.com/action-alert-florida-red-light-camera-ban-bill-moves-to-appropriations-committee/ Quote: "In total, 14 of the 26 members of the Appropriations Committee have received contributions from American Traffic Solutions (ATS), the primary red light camera contractor in Florida." Please hit this link http://libertytampabay.com/action-alert-florida-red-light-camera-ban-bill-moves-to-appropriations-committee/ which has the email for every single memeber. TELL THOSE THAT TOOK ATS BOOTY TO RETURN THE CASH! Those reps are suppose to represent the people!!!!! VOICE support for HB 4011, the bill to BAN THE RLC SCAM! www.motorists.org www.banthecams.org camerafraud on Facebook.
Stephen February 21, 2013 at 01:47 PM
Note: check out the latest RLC scandal. RLC VENDOR Redflex in trouble for BRIBERY! http://www.banthecams.org/Red-Light-Camera-News/redflex-thrown-under-the-bus-over-corruption-allegations-chicago-drops-redflex.html or http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-chicago-red-light-investigation-0208-20130208,0,379202.story Quote: The internal probe found that company executives systematically courted former city transportation official John Bills with thousands of dollars in free trips to the Super Bowl and other sporting events, sources familiar with the investigation told the Tribune. The company also hid the extent of the improper relationship from City Hall after the newspaper's reporting last year forced Redflex to partially reveal its ties to Bills, sources said.
James C. Walker February 21, 2013 at 04:23 PM
Several points: 1) The finances are stacked in favor of the state (52.5% of the revenue) and the camera vendor. The city gets the dregs and has to issue an HIGH number of tickets to make any profits. 2) The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) changed the rules on how long yellow intervals have to be in July 2011. The new rules allow greedy cities to deliberately set yellow intervals too short for the ACTUAL traffic approach speeds. This causes thousands of safe drivers to trip the red by perhaps 0.3 or 0.8 seconds - solely because the yellow are set about 1.0 seconds too short. WHY would FDOT change the rules to allow cities to deliberately mis-engineer their lights? The state's 52.5% of the predatory revenue collections equaled $51 million last year. Can you connect the one key DOT here? 3) Sometimes red light cameras raise the total accident rates, but those getting the money don't care if the money is big enough. 4) Once residents understand the true money-grab purpose of the cameras, they despise them AND they despise the officials that voted for them. They may vote the officials out next time. 5) Last, and it should matter to city officials, most of the dollars to be collected go to Arizona and Tallahassee - doing severe damage to local economies. This is idiotic. 6) Call your state officials to insist they support bill #4011 to ban cameras. James C. Walker, National Motorists Association (recent visitor to Florida in January)

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