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A bill that would create a statewide standard for the use of cameras to catch red light runners is ready for a final vote in the House and the president of the Senate said Thursday he's optimistic about the measure.

The bill (HB 325) gained preliminary approval Thursday in the House after approval of an amendment setting out two sets of earmarks for the fines that would be collected.

Under the bill, sponsored by Rep. Ron Reagan, R-Bradenton, camera traffic tickets issued by cities and counties would see $75 of the $158 fine, with the rest going to the state. Tickets issued by cameras on state roads would see more of the money go to the state, though the fine for the scofflaw would be the same, $158.

A competing measure (HB 1235) goes the other way - rather than clarifying that the cameras are legal and standardizing the fines, it would ban the cameras. That measure is also awaiting a final vote in the House. (this bill has since died in committee)

The bill that was put in position Thursday for a vote - which could come as early as Friday - calls for streaming video and a still photo to be made available to be viewed by the driver later if they want. No citation would be able to be issued without a law enforcement officer’s approval – camera vendors wouldn’t just send the tickets out, under the bill. And people who are caught on camera turning right on red without fully stopping would get the benefit of the doubt - no tickets would be issued for people who turn right on red in a “careful and prudent” manner even if the driver fails to fully stop.
A few communities around Florida have installed the cameras - though Florida law has been silent on their use. The communities have gotten around the problem that traffic laws are reserved to the state by making the fines civil code violations rather than traffic law violations.

The effort to give cities clear authority to install cameras to capture images and later ticket motorists who run red lights has failed to win legislative approval for five years.

But Senate President Jeff Atwater said Thursday that the bill may pass this time.

“This may finally be the year,” said Atwater, R-North Palm Beach. “I think it’s going to happen. END
Here's the Bill

HB 325 GENERAL BILL by Finance & Tax Council and Roads, Bridges & Ports Policy Committee and Reagan (CO-SPONSORS) Ambler; Anderson; Brisé; Ford; Frishe; Heller; Homan; Hooper; Horner; Hudson; Jenne; Kriseman; Pafford; Porth; Rader; Roberson, K.; Roberson, Y.; Rogers; Schultz; Steinberg; Tobia; Van Zant Uniform Traffic Control: Preempts to state use of cameras to enforce traffic laws; authorizes counties & municipalities to use traffic infraction detectors under certain circumstances; creates Mark Wandall Traffic Safety Program; authorizes DHSMV, county, or municipality to use traffic infraction detector to identify motor vehicle that fails to stop at traffic control signal steady red light, etc. Effective Date: July 1, 2010 Last Event: Signed by Governor -Thursday, May 14, 2010


As of 6/16/09

The Governor has signed the reversal of the "Horizontal Tag" Bill that previously restricted vertical license plates on motorcycles. THE UNLAWFUL SPEEDING VIOLATIONS ARE STILL PRESENT IN THE LAW.

CS/CS/SB 1100 Department of Highway Safety & Motor Vehicles [CPSC]: The Bill that removes the "horizontal" wording of the motorcycle tag was signed by Officers and presented to Governor on 06/08/09 .

Here is the wording of this bill as it relates to motorcycles:
"Section 4. Subsection (3) of section 316.2085, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
316.2085 Riding on motorcycles or mopeds.—
The license tag of a motorcycle or moped must be permanently affixed to the vehicle and may not be adjusted or capable of being flipped up. No device for or method of concealing or obscuring the legibility of the license tag of a motorcycle shall be installed or used."

Click HERE for the same information presented by the Florida Dept. of Highway Safety & Motor Vehicles (4th item down, F.S.S. 316.2085(3)):



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