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Statewide Protests Held Against Red Light Cameras

WEST PALM BEACH, FL (WFLX) They are the controversial new additions to many intersections throughout South Florida.

Saturday, protests were held throughout the state to try and get Florida's red light camera law repealed.

At the intersection of Australian Avenue and Banyan Boulevard in West Palm Beach, a small group turned out to protest the presence of red light cameras.

The Florida Civil Rights Association organized this event, and others from Miami north to Tallahassee where the cameras are in effect.

"We feel these cameras are unnecessary, said Wellington resident, Kristy Taylor. "It's hidden taxes, they cause more accidents."

So far, West Palm Beach, Palm Springs and Juno Beach are among those using the cameras.

Earlier this month, an effort to have the red light camera law thrown out as unconstitutional took a step back after a judge ruled the lawsuit was filed in the wrong court.

The seven-month red light camera campaign has been hampered in the past by a number of successful challenges from drivers who claimed the photos didn't clearly display their license plates and the ones that did had no time or date stamp.

So far though, the majority of drivers do pay and cities are netting tens of thousands of dollars.

A spokesman for the city of West Palm Beach said studies have shown cameras can help reduce car accidents and the red light program is about safety and not genereating income. He went on to say there is an appeals process for anyone who wants the opportunity to have their citation reviewed.

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