TALLAHASSEE, Fla. A bill proposing the banning of red light cameras in the state of Florida has been passed in the state’s House, but faces an uncertain future in the Senate.
The bill, formally known as HB 6001, prohibits counties and municipalities in Florida from implementing red light camera programs.
The Florida House of Representatives passed a bill with a vote of 83 to 18. The legislation now heads to the Florida Senate, where it’s not clear if there is support there to pass it. This is the third year in a row that the House has passed the legislation.
House Republicans backing the repeal contend 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.
“Red light cameras have had the opposite effect of their original intent. In essence, the public was misled and basically robbed of their money to the benefit of government and a few private companies,” said Rep. Bryan Avila.
Florida legislators promise the bill will pass this time around.