Aventura - Sunny Isles

FL Senate Takes Up Red Light Camera Bill

TALLAHASSEE (CBS4) - The Florida Senate is expected to take up a bill on Monday that would set uniform state guidelines for the use of cameras at intersections to nab red light runners.

A similar bill in the House passed in a vote of 77-33 on Friday.

Red light cameras are already in use or in the works in more than 50 cities around state including Aventura where a Miami-Dade Circuit Court judge ruled the red light cameras were illegal.

The red light camera bill is named for 30-year-old Mark Wandall, who was killed near Bradenton by a red-light runner in 2003. His wife, Melissa, was eight months pregnant with their first child.

Under terms of the House bill all red light tickets, even those issued by a police officer, a civil infraction rather than a traffic violation and increase the fine from $125 to $158. It also would eliminate all driver license points for traffic light violations.