No More Red Light Cameras? Here's What Largo's Saying

As the Florida House of Representatives considers outlawing red light cameras around the state, here's what some Patch readers had to say on the subject.

Since we told you last week about a bill under consideration by the Florida House of Representatives that would strike down the use of red light cameras, Patch readers have had plenty to say on the topic.

Our story, Red Light Cameras: Should They Stay or Go?, received more than 120 comments as of Tuesday night. Here's what some Largo Patch readers had to say:

B Wood: "Dump the cameras and the companies and all the greedy politicians and government policy-makers that support them."

Connie Smith: "You better hope that if you run a red light, that you are caught by the cameras instead of a cop. While the red light camera ticket is a budget busting $158, the price of the ticket if a cop stops you is $264. ALL tickets and other government fees have risen drastically. The state's new revenue route is to gouge tax payers with higher fees for EVERYTHING. Cost for a duplicate title -- nothing more than a printout -- is now $75. Just a few years ago, I got one and it was $11.....

Do you agree? Should red light cameras be banned in Florida? Why or why not? Share your thoughts in the comments section below to continue the conversation.

S Dodge February 21, 2013 at 01:44 PM
Stop running red lights and putting my life at risk and you won't get expensive tickets. I think the issue here is "Do they discourage red-light running, and therefore save lives?"
Andrew Harbuck February 21, 2013 at 04:05 PM
camera's are a form of selective law enforcement. It pays the best without any man hours involved. I will support camera use when the police start ticketing bike riders without lites and wearing dark clothing at nite and ticketing jaywalkers going between cars near lites.
Christine Goshorn February 21, 2013 at 04:31 PM
It has both good & bad intentions. Good to deter or perhaps "prevent running lights." Bad for just another lazy way for the government to make more ching ching.
Roy K. McGinnis February 21, 2013 at 05:03 PM
As far as red light cameras, they are an invasion of privacy. If you are going to have them the limits of their use should be as follows: 1) Determining who was at the wrong in the case of an accident, 2) If a pedestian or a bike rider was at at fault when struck by a vehicle, 3) car-jacking or mugging and 4) to assist tracking a vehicle involved in a felony. No 'through the mail' moving violations unless a law enforcement official personally witnesses it on scene and will testify in court.
Andrew Harbuck February 21, 2013 at 09:11 PM
I guess someone has to pay for the politicians travel and dinners out
B Wood February 22, 2013 at 08:26 PM
Did you not read the article that says studies show the cameras INCREASE accidents? It's all about extracting more tax money from the private individual to fuel BIG GOVERNMENT. Wake up citizens.
B Wood February 22, 2013 at 08:49 PM
You don't have to "run the light" to get these "bargain" $158 tickets. If you do not come to a "complete stop" AND while your front tires are "behind" the white line they issue you one of these "bargain tickets". The same is true for a "rolling stop" when your taking a right turn on a red light and have to go past the white line to see past the obstructions to the oncoming traffic. Some people call these "chicken tickets" since they do not raise the same safety issues as "running the light". Wake up all you uninformed taxpayers... your pocket is being fleeced.
Melissa Arndt March 04, 2013 at 05:47 PM
I don't necessarily like them, but since I did get busted by one once I have to say I am a bit more careful and make sure to stop on red. If the numbers show that they are saving lives then keep on truckin' I say. But if there is just money being made and the statistics aren't really changing then get rid of them. I will add, on the flip side, it is easier getting a traffic ticket in the mail then getting 'pulled over' and having to deal with a cop. In the end I remembered it was my fault, I tried to 'beat the light' so the only person I could be made at was me.


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