People have had mixed opinions about the matter, but red light cameras are now going to be banned from unincorporated areas. Municipalities, though, will still have red light cameras.As reported by the Miami Herald, Rebeca Sosa, District 6 commissioner, said that “cameras have become a source of tension throughout our community, and can prove very costly. We have heard the residents of our unincorporated areas like Fontainebleu, Schenley Park, Westchester and Kendall to name a few, and I want them to know that I am working to make sure that red light cameras don’t get installed in their neighborhoods.”
A polarizing subject, motorists argue that the program is unfair while paralysis advocacy groups state that the cameras prevent deadly accidents from happening. Just this past Sunday night, one person was killed in a collision described as a hit-and-run by Miami police. A red light camera was able to capture the footage of the accident and provided information for police officers to follow through with. $3 from each ticket that is given is donated to paralysis research.
In 2013, when the red light camera program was implemented, commissioners voted to set up a special board for citation appeals. On July 1st, municipalities were required to set up said boards if they wanted to continue implementing the red-light camera program.
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The program has been profitable for city of Miami because, in 2013, Miami was estimated to be generating around $3.4 million a year from the citations that the red light issued on a monthly basis. In addition, an $85 administrative fee was charged to drivers who were unsuccessful in contesting their tickets.
Earlier this year, the Miami-Dade County Commission and Mayor Carlos Gimenez passed and signed a resolution banning the use of these red light cameras throughout the unincorporated parts of the county.Gimenez is involved in a contentious re-election challenge from Raquel Regalado, who has inexplicably been saying that Gimenez supports the profitable red light camera initiative, even though he signed off on their ban.
Regalado has not expressed opposition to the city of Miami’s use of the cameras, perhaps because of father, Tomas Regalado, is the sitting mayor. The city of Miami operates the largest amount of cameras allowed by law. Again, cameras are big business for the city, should Regalado call out her father for his city’s use of the the devices?