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Red Light Cameras

April 27th, 2010 by flanews

After a five year legislative battle a bill laying out statewide regulations for red-light cameras is finally headed to the governors desk.

There are already hundreds of red-light cameras taking pictures of violators statewide. This legislation would allow for the cameras on state roads and put more restrictions on their use. Bill Sponsor Ron Reagan says the measure will save lives.

Theres no doubt in my mind, were going to save lives. The number, I cant tell you but I know the fact that in other cities and states around the country, when they have installed these cameras, number one, accidents, especially t-bone type accidents, have dropped dramatically, 50 to 70 percent. Therefore I know it does save lives. I dont have a number for you. But I will tell you, it was just under 300,000 law enforcement citations issued two years ago for people who ran red lights. So the number obviously may go up initially, but with the language, you know, every intersection is going to have a sign on it. So its going to tell you that traffic enforced via camera. So, should somebody run a red light, theyre doing it at their own peril, said Reagan.

Reagan adopted the legislation after Mellissa Wandalls husband Mark was killed by a red-light runner just weeks before their first child was born. Mellissa has spent the last five years working with Reagan on the bill.

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