Rick Scott Signs Bill To Make Red-Light Cameras Slightly Less Bogus

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Every right-thinking American who's not a local municipal bean counter knows that red-light cameras are a total scam. Numerous studies have suggested they actually make intersections less safe, and last month a Tampa TV station even found proof that Florida had covertly changed the rules to allow shorter yellow-light times to snag more drivers.

Last night, Gov. Rick Scott signed legislation to make the lights slightly less criminal by forbidding cities from ticketing drivers making a right-hand turn on red. Let's be honest, though: The cameras are still a joke.

The new rules Scott signed are part of a 226-page highway safety bill. As part of the new law, drivers can no longer be cited for a right turn on a red light as long as they stop, even if they stop past the line, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports.

Scott also signed off on giving drivers 60 days to deal with a red-light ticket instead of the 30-day window most cities use.

The Florida Department of Transportation also announced this week that it's planning to lengthen yellow-light times. Tampa's WTSP found in May that the state had changed the formula used to calculate yellow-light time to give cities more leeway to shorten the times, presumably to catch more people rolling through reds.

All good changes. The cameras are still a blatant money-raising enterprise for cities that whip out tickets that are almost impossible for the average citizen to challenge.

A move by two Miami reps to ban the cameras altogether stalled in the House this year but is sure to be revived again next season.

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14 comments
Ryan Sharp
Ryan Sharp

"Ahhh it makes me so angry when a law gets enforced so well!"

Lauren Kathryn
Lauren Kathryn

You should be ticketed for blocking the crosswalk at the red light while ppl are walking or riding a bike

Vito Delgado
Vito Delgado

stupid ass camera's a fund raiser is all they are

Chard Beauregarde
Chard Beauregarde

Eff the table scraps I want the whole damned meal-- get rid of these wretched cameras altogether!

Ernest Montenegro
Ernest Montenegro

Good start but not even close till they ban these dam things altogether.

Eddie Suarez
Eddie Suarez

Been driving for some twenty plus years. Never taken a red. Stop on yellow. Never even been close to being rear ended. Yet had many close calls when proceeding on a green from red/yellow light runners. Plus I'd rather get rear ended and not be blamed than be at fault for potentially killing someone for taking a red.

Venividivici Moreno
Venividivici Moreno

@Andrew- just happened to me the other day. And she was already past the fucking white lines marking the intersection!

Andrew Foster
Andrew Foster

I wonder how many rear end accidents have occurred from people slamming on their brakes afraid of rolling through a yellow.

Whitney Kimmel
Whitney Kimmel

About time. (CC: Janice - there may be hope for Jimmy Kimmel Live on Brickell Ave yet)

Alex LaPorta
Alex LaPorta

Does this mean I'm going to get my money back, Miami Gardens bastards?

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