Ingoglia on Red Light Cameras: Taxation by Citation

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Ingoglia on Red Light Cameras: Taxation by Citation

State Representative Blaise Ingoglia is one of the sponsors of a Florida House bill that will get rid of red light cameras for good. The language included in HB (House Bill) 6007 is, “This means local governments will no longer have the authority to implement red light camera programs by local ordinance.”

Ingoglia went on the record by saying of the cameras, “Red light cameras are nothing but a money-making scheme for local governments. Forty-nine percent of all the money goes to the vendors, and only 14 percent goes to increasing safety.” He added, “In my estimation, this is nothing more than taxation by citation.”

Included in HP 6007 is a breakdown of the number of crashes at red light camera (RLC) intersections before and after the cameras were installed. The report was gathered by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) in 2016. Other factors may have contributed to the number of crashes.

“I think we are seeing now that the data just isn’t proving that it is reducing crashes or that it’s changing behavior,” said Ingoglia.