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New Florida Law Raises Red Light Camera Fines
Media Trackers ^ | July 25, 2013 | Alyssa Carducci

Posted on 07/28/2013 5:18:57 AM PDT by george76

Florida drivers who unsuccessfully contest red light camera tickets will have to pay $250 in administration fees, in addition to the cost of the ticket, under a new state law that took effect this month. The state legislature authorized the higher administration fees despite revelations earlier this year that state and local governments surreptitiously reduced yellow light times at intersections with red light cameras in order to induce more red light-running and more ticket revenue.

Local governments often view the red light cameras as revenue makers, serving as a form of hidden tax on motorists. However, the enhanced “tax” money taken at the expense of motorists doesn’t always result in positive net revenue streams.

A Miami Herald investigation found Pembroke Pines in Broward County counted on red light camera money to close its annual budget deficit, but the cameras turned out to be a net drain on the city’s budget.

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Residents ended up paying more money to government, government ended up with less net revenue, and the only winners appeared to be trial lawyers and the Arizona-based ATS.

A review of the payments made by local governments to red light camera companies reveals that red light cameras are often little more than a redistribution scheme, sending money from Florida motorists to out-of-state red light camera companies.

(Excerpt) Read more at mediatrackers.org ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events; US: Arizona; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: camera; corruption; fines; redlight; redlightcamera; redlightcameras; taxes

1 posted on 07/28/2013 5:18:57 AM PDT by george76
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To: george76

This is bull***t.. and Unconstitutional. Of course, we have long-abandoned the Constitution.


2 posted on 07/28/2013 5:20:35 AM PDT by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: george76

No matter what, these lights are racist.

See, one race will be caught speeding more than others. The fact that these cameras then catch said race more frequently is indicative of racism.

/liberal thought


3 posted on 07/28/2013 5:25:09 AM PDT by Principled
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To: george76

So will the government give you $250 if you successfully win your lawsuit, for your administrative costs??


4 posted on 07/28/2013 5:25:59 AM PDT by rawhide
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To: george76
It sure would be a shame if Floridians started using these all over the state.
5 posted on 07/28/2013 5:56:14 AM PDT by EEGator
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To: george76

No pneumatic arms in Floriduh?


6 posted on 07/28/2013 5:58:44 AM PDT by S.O.S121.500 (Case back hoe for sale or trade for wood chipper...........ENFORCE THE BILL OF RIGHTS! It's the Law.)
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To: EEGator

First one these I get a ticket from will be non repairable.


7 posted on 07/28/2013 6:26:19 AM PDT by Mouton (108th MI Group.....68-71)
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To: EEGator
Years ago in Fort Worth my brother decided to "get even" over a ticket he was given.

He took the license plate off his BMW 1000 motorcycle. He donned his helmet and drove through several automated speed traps at speeds in excess of 100 miles an hour while giving the camera the single finger salute.

He then drove home and used his car for a few days. He assumed the police "might be a little irritated with him."

8 posted on 07/28/2013 6:28:39 AM PDT by cpdiii (Deckhand, Roughneck, Mud Man, Geologist, Pilot, Pharmacist. THE CONSTITUTION IS WORTH DYING FOR!)
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To: Mouton

Sounds good to me. This has absolutely nothing to do with safety, and everything to do with generating revenue for the state. I hope they all have “malfunctions”.


9 posted on 07/28/2013 6:28:39 AM PDT by EEGator
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To: cpdiii

LOL, I’m betting he enjoyed that.

Using his car was probably a wise idea. :)


10 posted on 07/28/2013 6:30:31 AM PDT by EEGator
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To: george76

Somewhere around 50% of people don’t pay these stupid tickets out in AZ. Especially if you don’t live in the same city as where the ticket was issued. Get rid.


11 posted on 07/28/2013 7:17:46 AM PDT by ReaganÜberAlles
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To: EEGator

Ummm. What is it?


12 posted on 07/28/2013 7:26:09 AM PDT by DaiHuy (May God save the country, for it is evident the people will not! Millard Fillmore)
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To: george76

It would be amusing if somebody contested their citation all the way to the Florida Supreme Court, who determined that fair is fair, that if they contest their ticket and win, the city must pay them their court costs (lawyer) plus $250.

I imagine the revenue craving city fathers would lose continence with a decision like that.


13 posted on 07/28/2013 8:04:30 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Be Brave! Fear is just the opposite of Nar!)
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To: DaiHuy

EMP


14 posted on 07/28/2013 8:07:02 AM PDT by EEGator
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To: george76
Local governments often view the red light cameras as revenue makers

"Often"? I'd substitute, "virtually always".

And The State marches on...

15 posted on 07/28/2013 8:11:35 AM PDT by Kip Russell (Be wary of strong drink. It can make you shoot at tax collectors -- and miss. ---Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: george76
There are a couple of ways to defeat red light cameras

Here's one:

NoPhoto

16 posted on 07/28/2013 8:33:33 AM PDT by Jed Eckert (Wolverines!!)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

In California(bay area) fine is $441.00.About one year ago I contested red light camera ticket and won on technicality(yellow light time wasn’t up to code).


17 posted on 07/28/2013 9:19:13 AM PDT by QQQQ
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To: Lazamataz

If I have to pay to exercise my God-given right to contest a traffic ticket, then I really don’t have that right.


18 posted on 07/28/2013 11:17:32 AM PDT by pat1969 (Where is the compromise between right and wrong?)
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To: george76
A small town about 5 miles from me had red light camera's set up for a few months Dunnellon town decided to cancel the contract and remove them as it was hurting the tourist trade, so much for the safety factor they claimed when they first put them up.
19 posted on 07/28/2013 1:07:33 PM PDT by bikerman (Obama! if his lips are moving he's lying.)
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Floriduh changed the law (about facing your accuser) to allow red-light cameras. I think it’s a code violation now to run a red light (or something).


20 posted on 07/28/2013 1:33:27 PM PDT by bicyclerepair (Inbred, pedophile-worshipping, misogynists (mozlums) offend me.)
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To: bikerman

The quickest way to get rid of them is to tell local merchants that you will not be shopping in their stores if they don’t complain to their town officials to get rid of them.


21 posted on 07/28/2013 4:36:55 PM PDT by goldi
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To: bicyclerepair

I think it’s a code violation now to run a red light

what state doesnt have a violation for running a red light.


22 posted on 07/29/2013 4:59:14 AM PDT by bikerman (Obama! if his lips are moving he's lying.)
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