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Uncertain future for Florida red light cameras
The future of red light cameras could be on the line in Florida
Two bills introduced this session aim to change the rules for red light cameras.
A bill in the Florida house would take away city and county governments' right to install them.
A senate bill would clarify the rules for using them.
In 2010 Pensacola city council members decided to move forward with red light cameras.
In 2011 they asked for bids.
A few companies responded, but plans have since been put on hold, because of legislation that may put a stop to the cameras.
Many residents say the cameras are only good for making money.
Dwight Montgomery says, "I think that most of us don't want to get into an accident enough that we're willing to comply with the law. I think red light cameras are a money maker, but not an enforcement tool. I think it's a waste of taxpayers' money I think they should take and put cameras up for crimes and things like that that's really needed in the community."
Where cameras are used, any driver caught running a red light could face a $158 fine.
Gulf Breeze collected $129,000 from its camera last year.
The money goes into the city's general fund.
Larry Scapecchi knows first hand how effective the red light camera can be, because he got a ticket in the mail.
"When I looked at the video I had run the red light, so it does catch up with you."
Others think the cameras cause more rear-end crashes.
The city of Milton made their yellows longer to give drivers more time to stop.
City council members are waiting on the current legislation to end before going forward with this process.