Pull up to a traffic light as it’s turning yellow and it’s likely the urge to gun it will be squelched by the knowledge that Big Brother is watching.
After all, most Tampa Bay area counties and many cities have red light cameras installed at major intersections. Those cameras enable local governments and the state to keep an eye out for red light violators. They also provide a record of violations that allows costly tickets to be issued to motorists who run red lights.
The problem is that while law enforcement says the cameras are working to deter drivers from gunning it at lights, possibly causing accidents as they do, the use of cameras has stirred up controversy. Motorists hate them, some question their Constitutionality and a study has claimed they’re ineffective.
Now, the Florida House of Representatives is considering a repeal of the law that makes their use legal in the state. It’s not the first time a repeal has been considered either. The Florida Senate made an attempt in 2011.
This new bill just made it through a House panel and now has to go before the appropriations committee before the full House can take it up. It would also require a nod from the Senate.
While the current House bill has a long way to go before gaining full approval, we’d like to get your take on the issue, Tampa Bay.
What do you think about red light cameras? Should they stay or should they go? Share your thoughts in the comments section.