Bill restricts use of red light cameras in Florida

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Tallahassee, Florida - State lawmakers are taking a close look at whether red light cameras should continue to operate in Florida or face stricter rules.

A House committee passed legislation on Thursday that would make it harder for local governments to ticket drivers using red light cameras.

Under the bill, red light cameras could no longer issue tickets to drivers turning right on red.

It also would require tickets to be sent by certified mail rather than first-class mail, set a minimum time for yellow lights and make it easier for drivers to appeal tickets.

Bill sponsor Rep. Frank Artiles says he does not want to ban red light cameras, but regulate them more closely.

Rep. Joe Gibbons voted against the measure, saying it had too many unanswered questions.

"There are things in the bill that actually add costs to cities. They couldn't tell me what the cost would be based on the history that we have already. So there are things that they just didn't have the answers for, so I voted against it. It's proven that (red light cameras) have made people more aware and saved a lot of lives. It's all about pubic safety, not about revenue."

Another proposed bill would ban red light cameras in Florida. That measure has passed one committee so far, but faces a tougher road ahead.

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