A group of St. Charles County activists has organized a committee to support the St. Charles County Charter Amendment to ban red-light cameras. The Charter Amendment, which will appear on the November 4th ballot under the heading “Proposition Red Light Camera”, would restrict red-light cameras or similar photograph devices or automated traffic enforcement systems from enforcing traffic regulations adopted by St. Charles County or by any municipality within St. Charles County.
A new traffic enforcement program by Howard County police will rely on data from previous traffic incidents to dictate the deployment of officers with the hope of deterring accidents and illegal behavior. The initiative is called STEP (Specialized Traffic Enforcement Program) and was developed by an internal focus group created in February.
Moses Lake attorney and Grant County prosecutor candidate Garth Dano said the 17 traffic citations he received since 2005 should have nothing to do with the political race or the prosecutor’s job. His opponent, current county prosecutor Angus Lee, disagrees and released a campaign video recently calling into question Dano’s driving record. “The duty of the prosecutor is to uphold the law and work to improve public safety. One cannot habitually violate the law and uphold it at the same time,” Lee said.
A court ruling Wednesday that found a South Florida city’s red-light camera tickets to be illegal has other cities and counties across the state trying to figure out whether the citations they’ve issued are valid. The 4th District Court of Appeals ruled that the city of Hollywood improperly delegated its enforcement authority by having a private company issue tickets to red light-runners on the city’s behalf.
City police plan to complete an internal investigation of bad speeding tickets by the end of the week, and the number of errors might increase. The errors could end up costing the public. If tickets are dismissed, fines might be refunded. The fines help fund the schools. Insurance rates can increase with some traffic tickets, which is another cost from the errors.
A Florida woman is suing Avis Budget Rental Car Group LLC for charging drivers for traffic tickets incurred while renting Avis vehicles without providing the renters the opportunity to contest the fines.
All yellow traffic lights are not created equal, it seems. In 2011, the Florida Department of Transportation secretly reduced its policy on the length of yellow lights, likely bringing millions of dollars in additional revenue to the state. John Bowman, a spokesperson for the National Motorists Association, which opposes red-light cameras, says the organization routinely gets calls from people saying they received a red-light camera ticket, believing the yellow light was too short.
A proposed ordinance introduced to City Council Tuesday would allow people who live along local roads to decide if they want their street’s speed limit lowered from 30, to 25, or even 20 mph. The city highway engineer would have to deem the speed change reasonable and at least 75 percent of property owners on each road in question would have to sign a petition agreeing to lower the speed limit.
A Hernando County judge could make a major decision later this month that affects the future of red-light cameras in Florida. Residents are fighting their elected leaders to get a red-light camera referendum on the ballot, but despite gathering enough petitions, the citizens are fighting an effort from city council to delay the issue and reword the question. But there is also a shady coalition of industry insiders trying to intervene and prevent voters from having a say in Brooksville altogether.