St. Petersburg activist makes his case against red light cameras
Today on the Last Call Rob Lorei talks about red light cameras with a local opponent of the cameras. Matt Florell is a St. Petersburg activist who has been pushing for an end to red light cameras.
The cameras have been installed in many dangerous intersections around the Bay areabut some communities are phasing them out. The cameras take a photo of a vehicle and its license plate when the vehicle blows through an intersection during a redlight. It also captures photos of cars that fail to stop before making a right hand turn during a red light.
Vehicle owners who are mailed tickets pay a hefty fine- the money of which is split between the local community where the cameras are located, the for profit company that installs and operates the cameras and the state government.
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, red light runners cause hundreds of deaths and tens of thousands of injuries each year. In 2009, 676 people were killed and an estimated 130,000 were injured in crashes that involved red light running. About half of the deaths in red light running crashes are pedestrians, bicyclists, and occupants in other vehicles who are hit by the red light runners.
Recently the St. Petersburg City Council voted to end the contract with red light camera company later this year. The Tampa City Council took a preliminary vote last week to remove the cameras. But Mayor Bob Buckhorn still supports the cameras.
Sarasota has twenty active redlight cameras- and so far there are no plans to remove them.
In Tallahassee this week the Senate Transportation Committee will hold a hearing on a bill to ban red light cameras.comments powered by Disqus