Miami-Dade Adding 150 Red-Light Cameras

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Two bills to prohibit red-light traffic cameras failed to pass Florida's legislature this spring. And now Miami-Dade officials have taken the initiative to place an additional 150 cameras at intersections throughout the county.

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

The Miami-Dade County Department of Procurement Management and a selection committee are now reviewing applications from five companies vying to provide the red-light cameras. The committee will recommend its top pick to the county commission, which will vote on a vendor in November.

"The County received five proposals to its solicitation for a red-light camera program," said Miriam Singer, assistant director for the Internal Services Department. "Those proposals are under review and evaluation. The county's program is to be deployed in phases, with the initial implementation of 50 cameras. Additional cameras will be added in increments of up to 50 cameras, to a total of 150 cameras."

Proponents of the cameras cite research from the Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability (OPPGA), which shows that the number of fatal car crashes has fallen almost 50 percent at intersections where the cameras were installed. Hundreds of Floridians die each year because of red-light runners.

Stop On Red Florida, an organization founded by Melissa Wandall, who lost her husband Mark to a red-light runner in 2003, supports intersection safety cameras. The organization believes the technology has played a significant role in decreasing the number of fatalities in Miami, which has some of the nation's deadliest intersections. According to the organization's website:

"Red-light running is the leading cause of urban crashes; pedestrians and occupants in other vehicles account for about half of the deaths in red-light running crashes... Most communities will experience a reduction in red-light running violations ranging from 20-87% [by installing safety cameras], within about an eighteen month time frame of when an Intersection Safety Camera program is implemented."

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riverview7801
riverview7801

So most jobs are low paying and keep their workers under 30 hours so they don't have to offer health care... To charge $175.00 or the equivalent of today's week of work net for being across the line a foot is not right.  Its a mistake, take a more reasonable rate of $40 to $50 for an error, or let people do some 4 hours community. work rather than take the monthly utility or a big bite out of the food budget.

Joseph Mazon
Joseph Mazon

Red light cameras are ultimately unconstitutional. Sometime over the next few years there will be a Supreme Court decision on their use. As it stands now, they are basically naked greed on the part of municipalities.

Harvey Kelber
Harvey Kelber

They got rid of cams here in Collier county,,,,Way to reach into you're pockets is all they r,,,,Not good in my opinion,,,,I believe a private company profits from them as well as county/city,,,,,

Millie Santana
Millie Santana

People down here are better off paying state taxes and get rid of all the tolls and cameras because they're being ripped off anyways! Where does the corruption ends in South Florida?!?

Lazaro Frozen Pavon
Lazaro Frozen Pavon

Careful Gimenez' cousin doesn't get that contract too #womp #saynotoredlightcameras

Phil Ramirez
Phil Ramirez

Why not follow alaska's model... Text & Drive?! $10000 fine and 3 year suspension.

Phil Ramirez
Phil Ramirez

When has Miami stopped laundering money, Ms. Braga?! Have u seen the skyline as of late?!?! One time it used to be car dealerships, now is clinics and real estate. But the fuckery of it all is that, the only people who complain about cameras are Miami & Hialeah... County's main corruption hubs! Coral Gables has cameras, so does Doral, Pinecrest, Aventura, etc. Every major progressive city in the state has embraced this, except florida's tumors.

Kipper Krunch
Kipper Krunch

People drive like maniacs... ticket the crap out of them.

Jason Conord
Jason Conord

the future of american is never being able to escape the lens of a camera and your every move documented

Mickey Blue
Mickey Blue

The only idiots running lights are the pigs, they turn their police lights on just to run the light and turn it right off when they cross the intersection.

Richard Herrera
Richard Herrera

Who should we write to ? I don't want my taxpayer dollars going to this BS.

Jo Braga
Jo Braga

Wasn't this labeled a failure? Is Miami trying to launder more tax money again? Lol

Robert Cruz
Robert Cruz

Our county government has sold out on us and now robbing commences. This is about revenue not safety , a new way to tax the populace.

Lucy Esrq
Lucy Esrq

I agree to all comments. It wont work, is going to end up being taken down, a broken agreement that the citizens will end up paying for as well. Aww!!!

Johnpaul Sutton
Johnpaul Sutton

Everyone invest in a radar! \U0001f602 Saul G. Lizano-Shaarbay

Phil Ramirez
Phil Ramirez

Why "forbid" cameras statewide?! Miami and Hialeah did away with them, because of the amount of Cuban voting elders running red lights and complaining to their "elected officials"... Otherwise!

Jon Wasielewski
Jon Wasielewski

Many people are voting them out of their Counties/Towns across the nation.......

Robert Santiago
Robert Santiago

Money in the bank only due to us wilful ignorance to follow this simple law.

Josh Colletta
Josh Colletta

They're unsafe and illegal. Time to vote out the clowns who keep approving them.

Frank Ponch Torres
Frank Ponch Torres

The only ones making money are the attorneys who will get one's ticket tossed out. Don't ever pay the illegal fine. A camera cannot be used as a thing against you. Simply stated, " it wasn't me driving on that day." How can one be blamed for this alleged violation.

Clare Hartkorn-Taylor
Clare Hartkorn-Taylor

MONEY in the bank...nobody will care cause they don't come from here...they still think they're driving there donkey carts from back home...

Stefano Alessio
Stefano Alessio

"Red-light running is the leading cause of urban crashes; pedestrians and occupants in other vehicles account for about half of the deaths in red-light running crashes... Most communities will experience a reduction in red-light running violations ranging from 20-87% [by installing safety cameras], within about an eighteen month time frame of when an Intersection Safety Camera program is implemented." I can not help but wonder how many lives would be saved is the use of personal automobiles was prohibited and put to an end. I wonder how much petroleum that currently is blown out our collective "tailpipes" could be saved as well, not to mention the enormous reduction in air, water and land pollution. Of course, such a ban would suggest that our collective craniums (brains) as a species and society were functioning in a logical and rational way. Heaven forbid that should ever happen.

NorthoftheBorder Gold
NorthoftheBorder Gold

it is too easy to get out of those tickets. All you have to do is ask to face your accuser.

Maria Christina
Maria Christina

Lots of cameras are being put everywhere. Great article none the less. Both sides are equally shown.

Teresita Casanova Thunem
Teresita Casanova Thunem

This governmet is a piece of Sh the is one of the reason I dont vote fir none of them !!!!

Robert Cruz
Robert Cruz

Bunch corrupt officials selling out for a buck.

Christopher Casiano
Christopher Casiano

C'mon guys! I mean seriously. Mayor Gimenez's son lobby's for the company that got this contract. You can't be that surprised.

Rosly Garcon
Rosly Garcon

didn't even know something like that was on the ballet.... smh Also, are they voting on the legalization of marijuana legislation yet?????

Cristina Pulido-Lopez
Cristina Pulido-Lopez

How about some idiot cams? Hialeah could benefit from a couple dozen of those.

scaupus
scaupus

violations should be recorded only if the car enters the intersection more than a second after the red light. Accidents are not caused by motorists who pop the red by fractions of a second. This would eliminate probably half the tickets or more that are given to essentially innocent motorists, and it would eliminate most, if not all the animus towards the program and towards local government for using the red light cameras, and would proportionately increase support for the program.

Paul_Henry
Paul_Henry

The red light camera scheme results in millions of dollars in revenue. This revenue pays for government and vendor lobbyists in Tallahassee to ensure it continues. As the only person that has spoken AGAINST the camera scheme in Tallahassee since 2011, I've seen this first hand. If you want this to change, you must vote out those politicians that support it, and fund lobbying efforts that oppose it.

The Liberty First Network is the only statewide organization lobbying against the camera scheme in Tallahassee.
http://libertyfirstfl.org/

jcwconsult
jcwconsult

@scaupus Better yet, add one second to the yellows and the split second violations of less than one second where the cameras make most of their loot simply won't happen.  One second more usually drops the violation rates by 70% to 90%, enough to make the cameras lose money and be removed. That is what happened in Georgia that mandated one more second of yellow at camera intersections - and it happened to several cities in California that added the one second voluntarily.


Red light cameras are a money grab scam that requires improper engineering and the deliberate ticketing of safe drivers to survive financially.


James C. Walker, Life Member - National Motorists Association

scaupus
scaupus

@jcwconsult @scaupus as that scheme has already been found to work so well, and has a constituency already, by all means let's get behind that.

jcwconsult
jcwconsult

@scaupus @jcwconsult The problem, of course, is that Miami-Dade officials will fight tooth and nail to not gut the revenue by making the lights safer. Governments that use cameras engineer for revenue, not safety.


Miami-Dade residents need to organize to demand this result from the officials - and expect the campaign to take some time to work.  Persistence will be required.


James C. Walker, Life Member - National Motorists Association

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