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Fight To Keep Florida's Red-Light Cameras a Glorioso Mission

State Rep. Rich Glorioso receives a Public Safety Advocacy award from Hillsborough County Sheriff David Gee, who notes the legislator's support of nabbing red light runners with cameras at busy intersections.

A bill that would have repealed red-light cameras at Florida intersections met the staunch opposition of State Rep. Rich Glorioso, whose acceptance of a "public safety advocate" award June 15 came with recognition of this effort.

“It’s about saving lives and red-light cameras save lives,” Glorioso said in an interview after the most recent Awards Recognition Ceremony, held  quarterly by the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.

“That’s why I opposed the bill (to repeal the law)," added the Republican from Plant City, who received the advocacy award along with state Senator Ronda Storms, who was not in attendance.

Florida legislators passed a law allowing red-light cameras in 2010.

A bill was introduced this year that would have outlawed those cameras. The repeal bill (HB 4087) passed the state house May 2 before stalling in a Florida Senate committee.

The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Richard Corcoran, a New Port Richey Republican, said he has not yet decided if he will reintroduce the repeal legislation. Opponents of the cameras  believe the law is merely a gravy train for the companies who provide the cameras. 

“We are going to look at all our options and decide later down the line,” said Jared Ochs, Corcoran’s legislative assistant, reportedly said May 11.

The state legislature reconvenes in January 2012.

In prepared remarks at the June 15 awards ceremony, it was noted that when the red-light camera appeal came to the floor, Glorioso "led debate eloquently and effectively against this legislation not once, but twice on the House floor." It was further noted that law enforcement officers believe the cameras will save lives and prevent "devastating injuries from red-light runners."

“In Temple Terrace, the number of tickets they issued dropped by 68 percent since the cameras have been installed, so people are aware the cameras are there and they are stopping," Glorioso said in a later interview. "We have also had no fatal accidents at the intersections in Hillsborough County where the cameras are installed and we had fatal accidents there before.”

While he concedes there is the possibility of more rear-end collissions as drivers become accustomed to the cameras, Glorioso said he believes the benefits far outweigh any short-term negatives.

“The number of those crashes decreases as drivers get used to the cameras," he said. "And let’s not forget that 50 percent of the fatalities in cases where drivers run red lights are pedestrians, so this is not just protecting the drivers.”

including at Brandon Town Center Drive and Brandon Boulevard and Bell Shoals Road and Bloomingdale Avenue. A shows  those two intersections accounted for 30.6 percent of the red-light citations issued by the sheriff’s office between Jan. 1 2010 and Feb.28 2011.                     

Of the six intersections with red-light cameras, Bruce B. Downs Boulevard and Fletcher Avenue was the worst with 9,070 citations or 26.7 percent. In total, the sheriff’s office issued 33,966 red-light citations over the same period. The tickets cost drivers $158.

Tampa, St. Petersburg and Oldsmar recently voted to install red-light cameras. Temple Terrace already has the cameras in place.

 Cpt. Troy Morgan, who oversees the sheriff's office's red-light camera program, has been a staunch supporter of the effort.

“You can go the sheriff’s office Website and watch the and judge for yourself," he said. "I think any reasonable person would see the need for the cameras after watching these videos." 

St Pete Driver June 17, 2011 at 12:57 PM
The only way the red light cameras "work" is by generating money for red light camera companies. If you actually read all of the studies on red light cameras(there are dozens of them out there, many more than the 2 or 3 that advocates mention) you will see that red light cameras lead to a significant increase in crashes and injuries. If you don't believe me, go ahead and read all of the studies for yourself: http://www.stpetecameras.org/home/rlc-studies If they were truly interested in improving safety, they would increase the yellow signal time by one additional second. Doing this has proven in Virginia, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Texas, New Mexico and California to be more effective at preventing red light running than red light cameras are, but nobody makes money that way. Red light cameras do not save lives, and there are no valid studies that even make that claim. Fatalities have gone down over 22% in the last 5 years nationwide, with the vast majority of cities not having red light cameras.
Grant Rimbey June 17, 2011 at 03:50 PM
If you don't want trouble with red lights cameras, don't break the law, pretty simple.
St Pete Driver June 17, 2011 at 08:51 PM
If only that were true. There are a lot of people that have gotten red light camera tickets for many reasons that a real police officer would never have given a ticket for, including: - being stopped NEXT to a person that runs a red light - going through an intersection too slowly - stopping a few inches past the stop line - having the system mis-read their license plate - being stuck in traffic with the rear of the car still in the intersection And then there is the system being just plain wrong. Take a look at this posting, from ATS's own system. They sent a ticket to a person that made a left turn while the left turn arrow was clearly green: http://banthecams.org/201106171339/City-of-Longivew-WA-cites-vehicle-making-a-LEGAL-LEFT-TURN-ON-GREEN-LEFT-ARROW.html Yes, you do have to worry about red light cameras even if you don't even get close to running red lights.
Rocky Cocchiola June 17, 2011 at 10:58 PM
A SURVEY MADE OF ACCIDENT/VIOLATION CHANGES AT VARIOUS INTERSECTIONS ONLY PROVE THE COUNTY IS OUT TO TAX THE HELL OUT OF US BY HANDING OUT FINES. THOSE LIGHTS ARE DESIGNED TO GENERATE REVENUE AND NOTHING MORE. THEY ARE MORE LIKELY TO CAUSE ACCIDENTS THAN PREVENT THEM. THIS LIGHT SYSTEM CAME FROM ARIZONA WHERE THEY WERE REMOVED AFTER AN OUTCRY FROM THE RESIDENTS WHERE THE LIGHTS WERE PLACED. IF THE COUNTY AND GLORIOSO WERE TRULY CONCERNED ABOUT OUR SAFETY, THEY WOULD PUT LIVE PEOPLE AT THESE INTERSECTIONS TO CONTROL TRAFFIC, INCLUDING THE DEPUTY SHERIFF PEOPLE. THEY CAN JUST AS WELL SPEND THEIR TIME AT BUSY TRAFFIC INTERSECTIONS AS BEING PARKED ON THE SIDE IN SOME PARKING LOT. THEY HAVE RADIOS TO BE ALERTED IF THEY'RE NEEDED ELSEWHERE. HOW ABOUT THIS? THE SURVEY THAT WAS PUBLISHED SHOWED BEFORE AND AFTER ACCIDENT RESULTS WITH AND WITHOUT THOSE CAMERAS. INTERESTINGLY, THE CAMERAS ON THE INTERSECTION OF BELL SHOALS AND BLOOMINGDALE IN BRANDON SHOWED THERE WERE MORE ACCIDENTS WITH THE CAMERAS THAN BEFORE THEY WERE INSTALLED. NOW ANYBODY WITH HALF A BRAIN WHO IS TRULY INTERESTED IN OUR SAFETY WOULD HAVE TO ADMIT THAT THESE CAMERAS ARE ACTUALLY CAUSING MORE ACCIDENTS. THE LOGICAL THING TO DO IS REMOVE THOSE CAMERAS BECAUSE THEY ARE CAUSING MORE ACCIDENTS. WELL THE CAMERAS ARE STILL THERE AND THE COUNTY IS STILL RAKING IN THE MONEY. AND ON TOP OF IT ALL, GLORIOSO GETS AN ATTA BOY FOR HELPING US GET INTO MORE ACCIDENTS. LET'S HEAR IT FOR THE GOOD OLE BOYS.
Rocky Cocchiola June 17, 2011 at 11:17 PM
OH, FORGOT TO ADD.......IN MY OPINION, GLORIOSO AND HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY ARE BOTH F.O.S.
M December 24, 2011 at 12:39 AM
Instead of going after those for running red lights why not go after the cause of those who are running the red lights. For the most part its the stupidity of those not paying attention and distracted by personal objects in the vehicle, verses those who can not stop due to vehicle weight. Not to mention the fact that iv see the timing of the traffic lights between green, yellow, and red; adjusted to get the photo of people speeding threw the lights. Isn't there a set ratio between changes to give a reasonable amount of time to stop ? Why is it that there changed after the fact that the traffic camera has been put in?

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