Red light cameras will no longer be allowed in unincorporated areas of Miami-Dade County after county commissioners passed legislation striking down a previous policy that allowed the cameras.
“These cameras have become a source of tension throughout our community, and can prove very costly,” said District 6 Commissioner Rebeca Sosa, who sponsored the legislation. “We have heard the residents of our unincorporated areas like Fontainebleau, 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 2011 ordinance allowed red light cameras in unincorporated areas, but the system had never been put into place.
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The commission’s vote does not affect red light camera programs in municipalities.
Last month, the County Commission’s Metropolitan Services committee sent a proposal that would repeal Miami-Dade’s authority to install red-light cameras at county-run intersections to the full board for a final vote.
The issue has proven divisive between motorists who think the legislation is unfair and paralysis groups who argue the devices prevent often deadly collisions. From each ticket, $3 goes to paralysis research.