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New study says red light cameras not working
FLORIDA -- A new state study of red light camera intersections across Florida shows the technology is not working and should be banned.
The study by the Florida legislature's Office of Program Policy and Government Accountability shows that read-end crashes and side-impact collisions have jumped 40 percent at intersections with red light cameras over the past several years.
Meanwhile local governments have generated millions of dollars in cash from the cameras.
The push is on in Tallahassee to repeal the law allowing red light cameras, or at the very least, to increase reporting and regulation of local governments using them.
"We should restrict local jurisdictions use of those funds to public safety and traffic safety. We've tolerated this back door tax increase for too long. It is time we bring some common sense to the traffic policies of the state of Florida."
The legislative report did find that fatalities at intersections with cameras are down by 49 %.