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Anthony Rodriguez files bill to outlaw red light cams

Rodriguez says cameras are unsafe and uncessary.

State Rep. Anthony Rodriguez is no fan of red-light cameras.

The Miami Republican on Wednesday announced that he had filed a bill (HB 6083) to ban cameras from being used to enforce traffic citations.

“Red-light cameras are not the most effective way of reducing red light violations and are used primarily to raise money, not improve safety,” Rodriguez said. “They are unfair, unsafe and unnecessary.”

A news release from Rodriguez’ office pointed to lack of data proving red light cameras improve highway safety or reduce overall accidents.

There are some studies that shows intersections equipped with red-light cameras have fewer accidents than those that aren’t monitored by cameras.

One Florida International University report, focused on Miami Beach’s program, found the number of T-bones, sideswipes and rear-enders at intersections where red-light safety cameras were installed had gone down significantly since cameras were installed, though the sample size is small — the overall reduction was from 68 accidents a year to 50 a year.

Still, Rodriguez said the cameras are automating something that shouldn’t be automated.

“Red-light cameras set a precedent for the automation of our law enforcement duties and though I believe in automation, I don’t believe that it supersedes the rights of our citizens when it comes to due process of law,” he said.

Rodriguez’ bill hasn’t yet been referred to any committees.

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Drew Wilson covers legislative campaigns and fundraising for Florida Politics. He is a former editor at The Independent Florida Alligator and business correspondent at The Hollywood Reporter. Wilson, a University of Florida alumnus, covered the state economy and Legislature for LobbyTools and The Florida Current prior to joining Florida Politics.

2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. More Enforcement!

    January 15, 2020 at 12:16 pm

    Booooooo! Rodriguez has it bassackwards! We need MORE red light cameras and w-a-y MORE ENFORCEMENT of rules of the road. USE THE CAMERAS TO BRING IN MONEY … and then use that money to hire MORE traffic cops! Florida’s roadways are a combination of chaos, bedlam, and mayhem!

  2. richard james hauser

    January 18, 2020 at 3:30 pm

    need to check me out? I’m the world’s best advocate against the traffic camera program, I have a weekly video on the perfect money laundering scheme? 110 videoes, my youtube channel is corruption czar network thanks ” corruption czar”

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