If you’ve received a red light camera ticket in Florida in the past few years, you may be aware of a ruling against the city of Hollywood that deemed their red light camera program unconstitutional.
I'm a perpetual optimist, which is why I'm always excited whenever I see that the Florida legislature is taking up the issue of repealing Red Light Cameras. I'm always thinking, like a Cubs fan, that this could be the year.
It's been a while since I've written about Red Light Cameras and I thought it was time for an update. There has been some news that is both discouraging and optimistic (if that's possible).
If the conspiracy theorist in you thought it was strange that yellow lights across Florida seemed to get shorter and shorter ever since red light cameras came on the scene in 2010, it looks like your inner-Oliver Stone was right. Or at least that’s what one could conclude after the State of Florida announced a reversal of its previous policy to shorten yellow lights and now are calling for new, longer yellow light standard times after a slew of complaints.
Saying I told you so, never felt so good. After railing against the timing of yellow lights for years, we finally have proof that the fix is in. After revelations that the yellow light time intervals at a busy intersection in Coral Springs were below state mandated guidelines, over 1,600 bogus traffic tickets this year were dismissed. And apparently, there's plenty more yellow lights that haven't even been checked.
Did you know there’s a stretch of Collins Avenue between Bal Harbour and Surfside in northeast Miami-Dade County where you can’t throw a rock without hitting a red light camera (8 in 10 blocks)? Or that in Broward, a 7-block stretch of Commercial Boulevard should be renamed “the gauntlet,” as it has four cameras in quick succession. That’s just a tip of the iceberg when it comes to red light camera hot spots.
The latest effort to eliminate red light cameras across Florida has again gained fanfare from frustrated drivers (and media) anxious to get rid of the pesky contraptions. But does the latest bill stand a better chance of passing than three previous attempts?