Florida Red Light Camera Debate To Return : NorthEscambia.com

Florida’s long-running debate about red-light cameras is coming back to the Legislature in 2018. Sen. Travis Hutson, R-St. Augustine, and Rep. Bryan Avila, R-Hialeah, said Friday they have filed bills to repeal parts of state law that allow local governments to use red-light cameras.

Lawmakers have repeatedly considered similar bills in recent years, but the measures have failed to pass. Supporters say the cameras help improve traffic safety, but critics contend they are used as a revenue source for local governments and private contractors.

“Red-light cameras have failed to achieve their initial purpose, improving traffic safety, and there is available data to support this,” Avila said in a prepared statement Friday. “The only beneficiaries of red-light cameras are the companies that make them and the local governments that use them as a backdoor tax.”

The 2018 legislative session starts in January.

by The News Service of Florida