Tallahassee, Florida - A bill to repeal red light cameras in Florida passes its first test at the state Capitol.
A House committee narrowly passed the bill 10 - 8 on Thursday.
Bill sponsors Reps. Daphne Campbell and Carlos Trujillo argued red light cameras are really about making money for government, rather than increasing traffic safety. They also questioned the accuracy of studies showing red light cameras reduce crashes and injuries.
Campbell also contended that local governments are deliberately placing red light cameras in low-income areas to target poor and elderly people.
Rep. Ed Hooper pressed Campbell on that allegation, asking her to show the committee evidence that poor and elderly people are targeted.
Supporters of red light cameras said the cameras are saving lives in Florida.
Major Chris Connell pointed to one of the busiest intersections in Tallahassee and said before cameras were installed there three years ago, police recorded more than 400 red light runners in a 16-hour period.
Now the intersection has an average of 15 violations in a 24-hour period and fewer crashes. Connell said crashes at 19 red-light camera intersections have dropped 22 percent over three years...(click pic to continue reading)