Florida lawmakers will consider a new bill that would keep new red light traffic cameras from popping up in our area and take the sting out of current penalties.
New legislation aims to put the brakes on the state's red light cameras.
Luis Zambrano likes the new idea. While he hasn't received a ticket, others he knows have. "It's all about the money. They're making up for the economy," said Zambrano.
Red light cameras were projected to generate $120 million for the state last year. If this proposal passes, red light cameras wouldn't be able to be installed at any new intersections after July 1st. The price of a ticket would go down from $158 to just $83.
Representative Janet Adkins opposes red light cameras, and supports this bill. "We need to be sensitive to how it effects everyday working families," said Rep. Adkins.
There are more changes too. Cities would no longer get money from the ticket, like they do now. It would go to the state.
As we reported back in July, a portion of every ticket also funds healthcare that benefits trauma centers in Miami, Tampa, and Orlando. We asked the city how much money is being brought in to Jacksonville. After all those expenses, it was just 82 thousand dollars last year. This fiscal year, the number is projected to be more than a half million dollars. That's why one driver hopes the proposal gets passed.
"We definitely don't need anymore," said Zambrano.
The proposal will be heard by the house subcommittee next week in Tallahassee.