MIAMI-DADE – State Senator Daphne Campbell (D-Miami), a long-time critic of red light cameras and their devastating financial impact on low income Floridians, applauded this week’s decision by Miami commissioners to end the controversial red light contract in the city.
“I know first-hand that many of my elderly constituents can’t afford to pay the expensive citations for these violations,” said Senator Campbell. “No one should have to choose between paying for critically-needed medication or a traffic fine. I’m very happy that Miami’s local elected officials sided with our seniors and did the right thing.”
In a unanimous vote on Thursday, Mayor Francis Suarez and city commissioners voted to cancel their 2010 contract with American Traffic Solutions to maintain and operate dozens of red light cameras around the city. Miami is one of the poorest major cities in the United States. Drivers in the city often had to endure the red light cameras photographing their license plates and issuing citations that ran at least $150 or more. The vote brought to completion a vow made by the mayor during his campaign to end the red light camera program. American Traffic Solutions now has 60 days to wind down its operations in the city.
Senator Campbell, who represents 15 cities in her district including the City of Miami, urged other cities to follow Miami’s lead and end similar red light camera programs operating throughout the area.