Miami-Dade Legislative Item
File Number: 102850

File Number: 102850 File Type: Special Presentation Status: In Committee
Version: 0 Reference: Control: Health, Public Safety & Intergovernmental Cmte
File Name: RED LIGHT CAMERAS Introduced: 12/10/2010
Requester: NONE Cost: Final Action:
Agenda Date: 12/16/2010 Agenda Item Number:
Notes: TLL- 12/10/2010 Title: RED LIGHT CAMERAS
Indexes: NONE
Sponsors: Sally A. Heyman, Prime 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

Health, Public Safety & Intergovernmental Cmte 12/16/2010 1E2 Presented
REPORT: Chairwoman Heyman called the foregoing item. Mr. Robert Williams, Chief, Traffic Signals and Signs Division, Miami-Dade County Public Works Department (PWD), appeared before the Committee the presentation. He noted the ordinance authorizing the installation of traffic infraction detectors to enforce red light violations was listed as Agenda Items 1G1 and 1G1 Supplement on today’s (12/16) agenda. Mr. Williams noted the systems installed pursuant to this ordinance were the same as those installed by other municipalities within the County; and that most cities had installed systems or were considering installing them. This ordinance would authorize the Department to install systems in unincorporated areas of the County, Mr. Williams noted. He explained that the system detect vehicles running the red light, and noted one of the primary differences between the systems installed by the PWD versus those installed by other cities/municipalities was that traffic citations would not be issued for illegal right turns made after coming to a full stop. Chairwoman Heyman asked Mr. Williams repeat his previous comments; whereupon Mr. Williams noted illegal right turns was a controversial aspect of this legislation recently enacted by the Florida Legislature. He explained the Florida legislation actually states that the system could be used to ticket drivers who make a rolling right turns on red, provided such turns were not made in a safe and prudent manner. He also explained that ticketing drivers for rolling right turns on red created a very positive cash flow and generated numerous complaints from the public. As proposed, this ordinance would be applicable to the unincorporated areas and would, specifically prohibits the installation of red light cameras that detect drivers making rolling right turns on red. It would also decrease the number of red light violations cited at traffic signals and eliminate a lot of controversy.

County Manager 12/10/2010 Referred Health, Public Safety & Intergovernmental Cmte 12/16/2010

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