Bill filed to ban red light cameras in Florida

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TALLAHASSEE, FL (WFLX) - Two Florida lawmakers are making a push to ban red light cameras in the Sunshine State.

State Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, filed a bill Wednesday aimed at turning off the cameras at intersections across the state.

The measure (SB 144) would remove the Mark Wandall Traffic Safety Act of 2010 from Florida law. "We have had red light cameras in Florida for over three years. They were initially sold as safety devices, but I have come to firmly believe that they are now being used as backdoor tax increases," Brandes said in a news release.  "We have seen municipalities that have installed these devices shorten yellow light times and set arbitrary standards on right-turn-on-red violations. I believe cities will continue to install these devices if left unchecked."

The red-light camera law, signed by former Gov. Charlie Crist, is named after Mark Wandall, who was killed by a red-light runner in 2003. 

Rep. Frank Artiles, R-Miami, is expected to file the House companion to Brandes' bill.

A similar proposal failed to advance last session.

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