Blasting red light cameras as a “back door tax” for cities, State Sen. Daphne Campbell has filed a bill to abolish them.
A state study released Dec. 31 found that total traffic accidents increased 10.14 percent in Florida after the cameras were installed.
Campbell said the study proves that the cameras were merely a money making device for cities.
“My community struggles to make ends meet and is disproportionally affected by the back-door tax that cities are taking from them through the use of red-light cameras,” said Campbell, D-Miami. “I am proud to continue the fight against the unfairness of these unsafe, money-grabbing profiteering businesses.”
The number of jurisdictions using red light cameras has been declining in the state for years. Yet the state study found that the number of tickets has increased.
After an appellate court ruled in 2014 that Hollywood could not turn over its ticket procedures to a vendor, several local cities stopped their camera programs.
Still, four cities in Broward County continue to use them.