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City of Miami Commission Passes Resolution Sponsored by Commissioner Francis Suarez Urging Florida Legislature to Ban Red Light Cameras

(Miami, FL January 12, 2017) - On January 12, 2017, the City of Miami Commission passed a resolution sponsored by Commissioner Francis  Suarez strongly urging the Florida Legislature to ban the red light camera program in its entirety, as proposed by Senator Frank Artiles and Representative Brian Avila through Senate Bill 178 and House Bill 6007, respectively. The bills propose to repeal the Mark Wandall Traffic Safety Act, removing the authorization of cities such as Miami to install and use red light cameras.

"Because I find this program offensive," said Commissioner Suarez, "I have always advocated against red light cameras." Citing the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles 2015 Red Light Camera Report, Commissioner Suarez highlighted that there has actually been an increase of car crashes at intersections with red light cameras. Concluding that it is time to shut down the red light camera program, he went on to say that "under the guise of safety, we have implemented a program that actually makes it more dangerous to drive on our streets and that the only entities that benefit are the red light camera vendors who profit financially at the expense of residents subject to this unfairness."

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