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State wants cut of proceeds from red light cameras

A proposed state law would legalize red light cameras, but force local governments to share the loot.

Cameras are already nailing drivers who blow through red lights in West Palm Beach, but they have been challenged in court in other parts of the state.

The new law includes uniform procedures for using the cameras.  At the same time, local governments would be required to share the fines.

"The city looked at it as public safety issue," said West Palm Beach commissioner Molly Douglas.  "There's no budgetary figure included in our plans right now.  That said, we were certainly anticipating raising some revenue."  

The State House version of the legislation sets a $158 penalty, with $75 going to the issuing government, and $70 to the state's general fund.

"So the money that we were raising for our local municipalities, is out the window," said Commissioner Douglas.

Another issue for West Palm Beach:  the vendor installed the cameras with the understanding it gets a cut of the $125 fine.  It's not clear whether that could continue under the legislation.
A vote in the state House had been expected today, but was delayed.

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