Miami-Dade Legislative Item
File Number: 102427
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File Number: 102427 File Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Version: 0 Reference: R-1057-10 Control: Board of County Commissioners
File Name: URGE FLA LEG TO REVIST RED LIGHT CAMERA LEGISLATION Introduced: 10/5/2010
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action: 10/19/2010
Agenda Date: 10/19/2010 Agenda Item Number: 11A7
Notes: Title: RESOLUTION URGING THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE TO REVISIT THE RED LIGHT CAMERA LEGISLATION PASSED DURING THE 2010 SESSION AND PROVIDE A FUNDING MECHANISM FOR THE ADDITIONAL BURDEN THE LAW HAS PLACED ON THE COURT SYSTEM AND ADDRESS RED LIGHT CAMERA ENFORCEMENT ON RIGHT TURNS
Indexes: LEGISLATURE
  RED LIGHT CAMERA
Sponsors: Rebeca Sosa, Prime Sponsor
  Sally A. Heyman, 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 10/19/2010 11A7 Adopted P

County Attorney 10/5/2010 Assigned Jess M. McCarty

Legislative Text


TITLE
RESOLUTION URGING THE FLORIDA LEGISLATURE TO REVISIT THE RED LIGHT CAMERA LEGISLATION PASSED DURING THE 2010 SESSION AND PROVIDE A FUNDING MECHANISM FOR THE ADDITIONAL BURDEN THE LAW HAS PLACED ON THE COURT SYSTEM AND ADDRESS RED LIGHT CAMERA ENFORCEMENT ON RIGHT TURNS

BODY
WHEREAS, during the 2010 state legislative session, the Florida Legislature passed HB 325, the Mark Wandall Traffic Safety Act, authorizing the use of cameras for red light enforcement, and on May 13, 2010, the Governor signed HB 325 into law, Chapter 2010-80, Laws of Florida; and
WHEREAS, HB 325 authorizes cities, counties and the Florida Department of Highway Safety & Motor Vehicles to install traffic infraction detectors, also known as red light cameras; and
WHEREAS, HB 325 imposes a fine of $158 for red light violations identified by camera, of which $75 would be retained by the county or city; $70 would go to the state general revenue fund; $10 would go to trauma centers, including Jackson Memorial Hospital, and $3 would go to the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis; and
WHEREAS, none of the revenues resulting from red light camera violations was identified to support the court system, even though the red light camera law is anticipated to have a substantial fiscal impact on the court system; and



WHEREAS, HB 325 provides that red light camera violations related to right turns can be issued if the driver is not making the right turn in a “careful and prudent” manner; and
WHEREAS, in some jurisdictions, the vast majority of red light camera violations have been on right turns; and
WHEREAS, in Collier County, for example, 89 percent of red light camera citations issued in April 2010 were based on right turns; and
WHEREAS, Collier County since has prohibited issuing red light camera citations based on right turns; and
WHEREAS, the careful and prudent right turn standard related to right turns in HB 325 is unclear and does not take into account all the factors that a police officer who might observe a right turn; and
WHEREAS, whether pedestrians and other vehicles are present in the intersection, at what speed the right turn is made and other factors should be considered in whether a citation should be issued on a right turn, but cameras do not have the same ability as police officers to consider all the factors related to a right turn; and
WHEREAS, the careful and prudent right turn standard in HB 325 needs to be revisited and clarified, and the Legislature should perhaps prohibit red light camera enforcement of illegal right turns,





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 revisit the red light camera legislation passed during the 2010 session to:
1. Provide a funding mechanism for the additional burden the law has placed on the court system; and
2. Better address red light camera enforcement on right turns, including prohibiting red light camera enforcement of right turns.
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 MiamiDade County State Legislative Delegation.
Section 3. Directs the County's state lobbyists to advocate for the legislation set forth in Section 1 above, and authorizes and directs that the 2011 State Legislative Package be amended to include this item.



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