Comments on: Miami-Dade moving into red light camera realm http://www.miamitodaynews.com/2013/10/09/miami-dade-moving-red-light-camera-realm/ The Newspaper for the Future of Miami Mon, 25 Aug 2014 19:05:08 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 By: Paul Henry http://www.miamitodaynews.com/2013/10/09/miami-dade-moving-red-light-camera-realm/#comment-64 Thu, 10 Oct 2013 07:32:18 +0000 http://www.miamitodaynews.com/?p=18393#comment-64 “collisions likely to have been caused by running of red traffic signals”

Likely? How difficult is it to use the taxpayer-funded police reports to determine ACTUAL red light violation (RLV) crashes? Or will the State of Dade follow in the footsteps of places like Manatee County and place a device at an intersection where there have been only half as many crashes, but higher volume? Higher volume=more “violations”, and more “violations”= more money.

“The program is to generate revenue to the county”

Well there is an honest statement.

The camera scheme was placed into law in July 2010. That year, there were 53 fatal RLV crashes in Florida. The following year, there were 72. The camera scheme is neither for safety nor a “lifesaving” program. As noted above, it is to generate revenue to the county. The county can further make money via the kangaroo court law that allows it to pick who hears the cases, hire people with no legal training, and that cannot use formal rules of evidence when deciding cases.

Speaking of money, the state claimed $81 million in non-dismissed tickets for fiscal year 2012. Yet the Department of Revenue only reported receiving $51 million for that fiscal year. Where is the $30 million? Or perhaps corrupt local officials inflated their ticket numbers to make the camera scheme look better.

Citizens must vote OUT of office any local or state official that supports the camera scheme.

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