Red light cameras spark debate

You have lots of opinions on the red light cameras the city of Miami Beach is installing near Belle Isle.

As we told you earlier, the closest intersection to us is Alton Road and 17th Street westbound. Other intersections in South Beach are 17th Street and Washington Avenue (southbound and eastbound); Dade Boulevard and 23rd Street and Dade Boulevard and Washington Avenue (east bound), Fifth Street and Alton Road (eastbound) and Chase Avenue and Alton Road (northbound).

The Beach Commission decides today on when it will start imposing $125 fines on drivers snagged by the cameras.

Here are some of your comments:

Onebutters: I’m all for these cameras. If you break the law then you should pay the fine. It’s that simple. Slow down and stop when the light turns red. Pretty basic stuff.

Cubbuffalo: These types of systems are just a fact of life in America today. They are proving to be very effective so we might as well get used to the idea. I say the more the better.

Gakguk: What the red light cameras mean for residents: More accidents, more traffic, higher taxes, more red light runners. And last but not least, more money for that palace on Washington and 11th.

William11: With regard to legislation, the best solution is for the legislature to enact a law authorizing red-light camera enforcement with reasonable guidelines. This will give municipalities more certainty in planning and in entering into agreements with vendors. Study after study, confirmed by statements by law enforcement personnel, show that red-light camera enforcement reduces collisions, particularly the more dangerous right-angle (T-Bone)collisions. Safer roads should be the goal and camera enforcement helps achieve that goal.

Friendly7: Other communities are finding out the cameras aren’t such a good idea. Most of those fined are people who stop a few inches past the white line for right turns on red. Tickets don’t stop inattentive drivers who blow right on through intersections. Also, a ticket received weeks after the infraction does little to modify behavior if offender can’t remember the incident. Also, outfit that sells these things to cities only shows favorble data about reducing crashes, never the studies (and there are some) that show accidents don’t decrease or actually rise at intersections where cameras are installed. Cameras are just a money maker for vendor and municipality and a ripoff for citizens.

JD51: The majority of the red-light scofflaws are people not making a full and complete stop prior to making a right hand turn. in many areas where the turn lane is stacked with right turners, to make a full stop only invites a rear ended accident.

Ramundo: if citizens accept the installation of red-light cameras from our local governments, then the next item they will have to accept are “seat-belt” cameras and then after that, “cell-phone” cameras. Big Brother will be taking photos of you coming and going, all in the name of “safety” while in reality its just designed to take more of your hard earned money away from you so they can continue their bloated salaries and pensions, days off and holidays while you work 6 days a week to pay the bill. The majority of the red-light scofflaws are people not making a full and complete stop prior to making a right hand turn. in many areas where the turn lane is stacked with right turners, to make a full stop only invites a rear ended accident. contact your local Commissions and mayors and tell them to get rid of the cameras or you will not vote for them in the next election. Tell them also that they need to live within their means just like the rest of us do.

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2 responses to “Red light cameras spark debate

  1. oh, please, stop the belly aching. And just stop at the light. Really, just stop. You’ll avoid an accident with a car and with a cyclist and with a runner and with a skater. Just stop.

  2. Tonight that camera on Alton road was photographing EVERY car even though the light was green.

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