Red Light Cameras

By: Vanessa Nguyen Email
By: Vanessa Nguyen Email

Beginning July 1st, red light cameras could soon be popping up all over the state.
Governor Charlie Crist signed the "Mark Wandall Traffic Safety Act" into legislation late yesterday.
Wandall was 30-years-old when a red light runner killed him on October 24, 2003.
But some people are having a hard time believing the new law is strictly a matter of driver safety.

There are currently no red light cameras in the City of Marianna.
58-year-old Bert Davis believes they would help people become better drivers.
"I think there's some that don't come to a complete stop and they should. I do admit I do roll through sometimes but I bet I'll be more conscious of it when they put cameras up that can catch you for not stopping."
"I think there's empirical evidence that shows it will reduce traffic crashes at intersections."
Marianna Police Chief Hayes Baggett says they generally work at least one traffic crash a day, but rarely do they involve red light violations.
"Very few, we seem to work more parking lot accidents."
And there are those who believe this isn't as much about safety as it is about raising money from traffic fines.
It's a notion Baggett dismisses.
"The monies that we receive from traffic tickets is very minimal."
"It's not a revenue generator unless you fail to stop, I think it would good."
Currently, a red light traffic violation will cost you $231 in Jackson County.
Baggett says he supports it only if it will improve driver safety.
"I think it'd be something worth studying and looking at to see if it would fit and work in our community, the jury's still out as far as I'm concerned."
But drivers like Davis say the red light cameras would make an impact.
"I bet I'll learn to stop next time!"

A portion of all of Florida red light violation traffic fines already goes to support the state's trauma centers.
The Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Trust Fund and the Department of Health Administrative Trust Fund will receive a portion of the red light camera program revenues.


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  • by frank Location: panama city on Jun 17, 2010 at 12:54 PM
    Seat belt laws throw probable cause out the window . Now red light cameras , What is next ? I wish people would wake up and vote these people out before the dictators in Tallahassee turn us totally communist . Think I'm wrong ? How many liberties have we already lost ? or how many must we lose , before enough is enough ............
  • by Bike on May 14, 2010 at 07:19 PM
    Nice propaganda piece for the continual erosion of civil liberties and outreach to generate massive revenue from red light tickets. Typical strategies include elongating the length of time people sit at red lights. this causes impatience and the likelihood that more people dare yellow and get red lights. Combined with the massive increase in traffic fines this generates an incredible amount of income for local communities. Which is why they spend the money to place them there to watch all of us at all times.
  • by AL Location: FL on May 14, 2010 at 06:50 PM
    Just good ole FL looking for another way to support its cities and towns. If Bay county is looking to do the same, just have Frank get his officers out of their cars and start writing the tickets they should be writing. I see a Bay county sheriff just about every morning sitting on Hwy 77, in the Southport school zone. He just sits in the median with his lights flashing, NOT writing tickets. On Wednesday morning i had a dump truck passing me doing about 30-35 MPH in the 20 MPH school zone with the sheriff sitting in the median. The dump truck driver was NOT ticketed...
  • by string Location: Panama City on May 14, 2010 at 05:25 PM
    Here is another thing for Crist to and our government to keep control over us. Red light cameras are not for any one, they can not stop people running red light or to stop accidents.
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