Red-light cameras here to stay

 

Recent articles indicate that there’s strong debate over the efficacy of the red-light cameras.

Those who aren’t improvident enough will receive an expensive letter in the mail much to their chagrin. It will appear at first blush to be a disobedience to traffic signal device charge. Instead, it is really the Mark Wandell Traffic Safety Program statute. This statute sets forth the procedure and penalties which one may encounter. It also gives the breakdown of where fines, penalties, and surcharges are collected and remitted.

Arguably, these cameras raised some $51 million last year throughout the state. Then one must look to the millions of dollars spent in setting up the red-light camera infrastructure around the state, let alone our own county and cities. That would signal to me that no bill to eliminate them will be forthcoming despite recent debate. Though I am a big skeptic, I urge our Legislature to prove me wrong.

Joseph M. Dobkin, Miami

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