Bill aims to shutter Florida's red light cameras

- A new bill working it's way through the Florida House aims to shutter Florida's red light cameras for good.

House Bill 4027 would repeal the 2010 law authorizing the use of traffic cameras. Last week, it passed it's final House committee vote.

The legislation is garnering support following a late December report from the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. The report found the total number of accidents increased following the installation of red light cameras at intersections statewide.

House Representative Greg Steube, who used to support the cameras, says the report has changed his view. In Steube's hometown of Sarasota, the report cites accidents at intersections with red light cameras have increased by nearly 20-percent.

"For me, the telling point is they're clearly not going down. So if they're not doing what they're supposed to be doing, then why do we still have them?" Steube said Tuesday.

While the legislation works it's way through Tallahassee, local police say they're on standby.

"I don't know what kind of effect it would have on us. Obviously, we would do whatever the Legislature thinks is in the best interest of the state of Florida," Sarasota Police Sgt. Bryan Graham said.

American Traffic Solutions, the company that operates many of the cameras in Florida responded to the report.

"Despite the best efforts of camera opponents to spin the results, the findings of this report are no different. Intersections with red light safety cameras are safer than intersections without. Period," ATS's Charles Territo said Tuesday. 

HB 4027 is working it's way through the House, but is currently stalling in the Florida Senate. 

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