Florida legislators move closer to banning use of red-light cameras

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Posted at 3:01 PM, Mar 23, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-23 15:01:00-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Have you ever been caught by a red-light camera? You might soon be able to put them in your rear view mirror.

The Florida House is trying again this year to end the use of red-light cameras in the state, but it's not clear if the proposal will become law.

The House on Thursday voted 91-22 in favor of a bill that would ban the use of cameras starting in July 2020. The legislation heads to the Florida Senate, where a similar proposal was rejected in a Senate committee by a tie vote.

According to legislators, red light cameras are being used by cities and counties as a way to make money. Legislators in 2010 first authorized local governments to use cameras to issue tickets to drivers who run red lights.

Opponents of the bill argued red light cameras help traffic safety and that local government should get to decide whether to use them.