Miami-Dade Legislative Item
File Number: 072841
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File Number: 072841 File Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Version: 0 Reference: R-1248-07 Control: County Commission
File Name: UNMANNED CAMERAS AT INTERSECTIONS Introduced: 9/25/2007
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action: 11/6/2007
Agenda Date: 11/6/2007 Agenda Item Number: 11A14
Notes: Title: RESOLUTION URGING THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE TO ALLOW THE USE OF UNMANNED CAMERAS AT INTERSECTIONS WITH TRAFFIC SIGNALS IN AN EFFORT TO REDUCE RED-LIGHT RUNNING
Indexes: LEGISLATURE
  TRAFFIC SIGNALS
Sponsors: Joe A. Martinez, Prime Sponsor
  Jose "Pepe" Diaz, Co-Sponsor
  Carlos A. Gimenez, Co-Sponsor
  Sally A. Heyman, Co-Sponsor
  Rebeca Sosa, Co-Sponsor
  Sen. Javier D. Souto, Co-Sponsor
  Dorrin D. Rolle, Co-Sponsor
Sunset Provision: No Effective Date: Expiration Date:
Registered Lobbyist: None Listed


Legislative History

Acting Body Date Agenda Item Action Sent To Due Date Returned Pass/Fail

Board of County Commissioners 11/6/2007 11A14 Adopted P

Budget and Finance Committee 10/9/2007 2J Forwarded to BCC with a favorable recommendation P
REPORT: Assistant County Attorney Jess McCarty read the foregoing proposed resolution into the record. Chairman Martinez relinquished the chair to Commissioner Sorenson. Commissioner Souto and Diaz asked that they be listed as co-sponsors. It was moved by Commissioner Martinez that this proposed resolution be forwarded to the County Commission with a favorable recommendation. This motion was seconded by Commissioner Gimenez. In response to Commissioner Diaz’s concern regarding reports that cities could not use unmanned cameras at intersections, Commissioner Martinez pointed out this proposed resolution urged the Legislature to allow use of these cameras and encouraged municipalities to urge the Legislature. Hearing no other questions or comments, the Committee proceeded to vote.

County Attorney 9/25/2007 Referred Budget and Finance Committee 10/9/2007

County Attorney 9/25/2007 Assigned Jess M. McCarty

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION URGING THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE TO ALLOW THE USE OF UNMANNED CAMERAS AT INTERSECTIONS WITH TRAFFIC SIGNALS IN AN EFFORT TO REDUCE RED-LIGHT RUNNING

BODY
WHEREAS, red-light running is one of the major causes of accidents, deaths and injuries at intersections with traffic signals; and
WHEREAS, recent crash statistics show that there were 206,000 red-light running accidents nationwide, with nearly 1,000 deaths and 176,000 injuries; and
WHEREAS, red-light cameras can help reduce red-light running by automatically photographing vehicles whose drivers run red lights; and
WHEREAS, studies in California and Virginia have shown that red-light cameras can reduce red-light running by approximately forty percent (40%); and
WHEREAS, the Federal Highway Administration has concluded that red-light cameras can be an effective measure to prevent red-light running and encourages the use of red-light cameras; and
WHEREAS, Florida law authorizes the use of cameras to enforce toll collections on the Florida Turnpike System; and
WHEREAS, Florida's Attorney General recently issued an opinion concluding that legislative changes to Florida law are necessary before local governments can issue traffic citations and penalize drivers who fail to obey red lights based solely on unmanned red-light cameras, see AGO 2005-4; and
WHEREAS, cameras could be used solely to photograph the license plates of vehicles that run red lights; and
WHEREAS, photographs of license plates could be used to create a rebuttable presumption that the owner of the vehicle violated traffic laws related to running red lights; and
WHEREAS, citations issued as a result of photographic evidence could be limited only to nonmoving violations, so that fines might apply, but no points would issue as a result of the violation if the citation is based on photographic evidence, similar to parking tickets; and
WHEREAS, having citations based on photographic evidence of running a red-light or blocking an intersection could nonetheless prohibit a driver from renewing license tags or a driver's license to increase enforcement; and
WHEREAS, the Governor recently expressed support for legislation that would allow local governments to use unmanned red light cameras,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, that this Board:
Section 1. Urges the Florida Legislature to allow the limited use of cameras at intersections with traffic signals to enforce traffic infractions in an effort to reduce red-light running, provided that only nonmoving violations could be issued and the cameras only photograph license plates, but providing that license tags or drivers' licenses may not be renewed with outstanding citations of this type.
Section 2. Directs the Clerk of the Board to transmit a certified copy of this resolution to the Governor, Senate President, House Speaker, and the Chair and Members of the Miami-Dade County State Legislative Delegation.
Section 3. Directs the County's state lobbyists to advocate for the passage of the legislation and the implementation of the reforms set forth in Section 1 above, and directs the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs to include this item in the 2008 State Legislative Package.



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