Miami-Dade County

Red light cameras no longer allowed in certain parts of Miami-Dade County

A 'Red Light' camera' at the corner of Southwest 8th street and 4th Avenue in Little Havana near I-95.
A 'Red Light' camera' at the corner of Southwest 8th street and 4th Avenue in Little Havana near I-95. cmguerrero@elnuevoherald.com

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.

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.

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