TALLAHASSEE, Florida -- On Wednesday, March 26, state lawmakers pumped the breaks on a bill that would end red-light cameras in Florida.
Sen. Jeff Brandes, R–St. Petersburg, sponsored the bill that would require local governments to get rid of or amend their red-light camera systems.
Several amendments to the law were suggested during a Senate committee hearing – such as giving drivers just a warning if a traffic light was red for half a second when they went through it. All of the amendments failed.
After much debate, one senator motioned to temporarily postpone the bill for this week, which passed.
"I think many people should see this has truly become not about safety. For many municipalities, it's about protecting a revenue stream and it's something that has concerned me from the very first time I got involved in this issue," said Brandes.
The is the second week in a row the bill was postponed.
It now has two options: It can appear on the agenda for the next time the committee meets, or it can die all together for this legislative session.