Two Florida lawmakers are making a push to ban red light cameras in the Sunshine State.
Republican State Senator Jeff Brandes from St. Petersburg, filed a bill this week, aimed at turning off the cameras at intersections across the state, including a number of them throughout Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast. The measure (SB 144) would remove the Mark Wandall Traffic Safety Act of 2010 from Florida law.
Brandes says the he believes that while the red light cams were sold as safety devices, they have become backdoor tax increases. He cites instances in which municipalities have installed the cameras, then shortened yellow light times.
The red light camera law was signed by former Governor Charlie Crist and it's named after Mark Wandall, a man who was killed by a red light runner.
Miami Republican Representative Frank Artiles is expected to fild the House companion to Brandes' bill.
A similar proposal to kill red light cams failed to advance during the last session of the state legislature.
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