Do red light cameras make roads safer?Well, surprisingly, the answer might be no. A recent FDOT study found crashes actually went up 10 percent at intersections that added cameras. And overall, since cameras have been implemented in Florida, crashes are up in almost every category. Including:
- Rear-end collisions were up 11.41 percent.
- Angle crashes were up 6.72 percent.
- Accidents involving pedestrians, bicyclists and other "non-motorists" were down 19.64 percent.
- Collisions involving vehicles running red lights were down 3.14 percent.
- And fatalities doubled.
The Debate over Keeping or Ending Red Light Cameras in FloridaNot all cities still have red light cameras in Florida. In fact, five cities in Pinellas County have gotten rid of them, including St. Petersburg. Now, Florida lawmakers are trying to decide if the rest of the state should shut down their cameras also. In fact, we are halfway there since the Florida House already voted to ban red light cameras. And if the bill makes it through the Senate, it will be lights out for Florida's red light cameras. Likewise, the Florida Supreme Court is set to hear arguments for and against the cameras in February of 2018 in which they will also seek to set a precedent on the legalities of these ticketing devices and the methods under which they operate. The central argument rests on determining whether using the intersection cameras is illegally delegating a law enforcement function to a third party, which is illegal under Florida law. However, not everyone feels that the cameras should be removed. Representatives from Orlando asked lawmakers to keep the cameras in place, stating that other data shows that they are improving road safety. Additionally, the Florida League of Cities thinks that local governments should be allowed to make their own rules and polices about the use of red light cameras under the Florida's “home rule” policy. It should be noted that similar bans have failed in the Senate in the past.
Red Light Camera are ScamsSome Floridians believe that red light cameras are nothing but a moneymaking scheme for cities and other local governments. Additionally, once must consider what influence the makers and operates of the camera have in this argument, especially since 49% of all the money earned from tickets goes to the vendors. CBS 10 News in Tampa claims that their investigative reporter exposed red light camera abuses that may prove that it's a money making scam. According to their report, they exposed how some Florida cities were reducing the length of their yellow lights after installing red light cameras. Obviously, this would be with the intent of increasing the number of people caught in the camera, but it also brings up serious ethical and safety concerns. This report, the claim, has helped encourage some to get rid of the cameras. As far as the permanent removal of red light cameras from all of Florida for good, we will just have to wait to see what the Florida Senate and Supreme Court have to say first. Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA is a personal injury and civil trial firm in Florida. Contact us at by clicking here or by calling 727-451-6900. Dolman Law Group Accident Injury Lawyers, PA 800 North Belcher Road Clearwater, FL 33756 727-451-6900 https://www.dolmanlaw.com/florida-car-accident-lawyer/