Brooksville calls emergency meeting on red light cameras

BROOKSVILLE, Florida - A grass-roots effort to ban red light cameras in is meeting resistance from elected officials.

Brooksville's city council held an emergency meeting on Tuesday night to address the citizen campaign that successfully petitioned to get a camera ban on this fall's ballot.

Several dozen camera critics attended the meeting, reporting that while council will challenge the proposed constitutional ban on red light cameras in Brooksville, its legal options are limited. That means a referendum will likely appear on the fall ballot, regardless of how a judge rules on the language of the petition.

While the cameras have been popular among the city officials, they are unpopular with many citizens. Brooksville remains among the state's strictest enforcers of automated tickets for rolling right turns, helping the tiny town rake in more than a million dollars last year in red light camera fines.

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