Ocoee could become the second city in Central Florida to change its use of red-light cameras. A week after Clermont City Council decided to drop its red-light camera program, Ocoee commissioners may tell police to stop using the traffic devices to ticket drivers who don’t stop at red lights before turning right. A formal vote comes Tuesday night.
Over the long Labor Day weekend, the patrol ran a no-refusal DUI checkpoint in Oxford. In a no-refusal checkpoint, a driver who refuses a sobriety test — either a breath test or a standard field sobriety test — could be compelled to undergo a blood test.
Governments raise money from a variety of human failings. Could be smoking, could be breaking traffic laws. Taxes and fines can discourage the behavior. But sometimes the government becomes an addict, relying so heavily on the revenue that it loses focus on the behavior it was trying to moderate.
The city of Brooksville collected more than $2.8 million from red-light camera citations written to motorists last year, and slightly less is expected to be collected this year. While the red-light cameras have been unpopular among many residents — a proposed ordinance to ban them is being battled in court and could go to a special election.
After eight years and more than 200,000 citations, Riverside’s much-criticized red-light camera program will end Monday. The shutoff follows the City Council’s July vote to give notice to camera operator Redflex Traffic Systems that its contract would be canceled.
Despite the excitement over self-driving cars—and a recent stream of demonstrations and prognostications—the future of robocars still faces major roadblocks, literally and figuratively. That is the message presented by a panel of researchers yesterday at the Intelligent Transport Systems World Congress, in Detroit.
Rejecting arguments by the city of Aventura, the Florida Supreme Court has refused to reconsider a June ruling which sided with drivers who challenged the local red-light camera ordinances in Aventura and Orlando. The case stemmed from red-light camera programs that the cities used before a 2010 statewide law authorized the traffic devices and set requirements.
Five weeks ago, the chairman of the City Council’s Transportation Committee tried and failed to convince Mayor Rahm Emanuel to shut down Chicago’s scandal-scarred red-light camera program until Inspector General Joe Ferguson wraps up his investigation of unexplained spikes in red-light tickets. Now, Ald. Anthony Beale (9th) is taking matters into his own hands — by raising the speed limit on a Far South Side stretch where, he claims, motorists are being unfairly nailed by a game of “Gotcha.”
District police say the department will amend its policy on speed-camera tickets when the vehicle’s make and model do not match with the license plate’s registration. Police amended the policy after a report by the District’s inspector general found that tickets were handed out to drivers when evidence shows a different car from the one that’s registered to carry a certain license plate.