Source: Florida Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability, February 7, 2014
As directed by the Legislature, OPPAGA examined red light camera programs implemented by Florida cities and counties
and answered five questions.
1. How do Florida’s local governments implement and operate red light camera programs?
2. How much revenue do Florida’s local government red light camera programs generate?
3. What has been the experience in other states with red light camera programs?
4. How many violations and crashes are occurring in Florida jurisdictions with red light camera programs?
5. Are there options for modifying red light camera programs in Florida? …
…State and local red light camera revenue has increased more than 200% since Fiscal Year 2010-11… Nearly 50% of fines collected by local governments are used to pay red light camera vendors. … However, some jurisdictions (16%) have had difficulty generating sufficient revenue to make payments to vendors and have accrued outstanding balances… To examine the financial arrangement between jurisdictions and red light camera vendors, we reviewed 36 contracts and city ordinances from 20 unique jurisdictions. 14 We found that jurisdictions typically pay vendors between $4,250 and $4,750 per camera, per month. These payments cover costs associated with site selection; camera installation, operation, and maintenance; review of possible violations; violation issuance; payment collection; data collection; and customer service. ….
Florida Red Light Camera Programs: A Presentation to the Senate Transportation Committee
Source: Larry Novey, Florida Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability, February 13, 2014
Florida Legislative Report Pans Red Light Camera Safety / Florida government report found angle and rear end collision increases at intersections with red light cameras.
Source: thenewspaper.com, February 11, 2014
OPPAGA report coverRevenue from red light cameras in Florida has more than tripled in the past year, from $38 to $119 million, but a report by the state’s Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability found no commensurate jump in traffic safety. In a report released Friday, the analysts for the legislative branch surveyed the 79 jurisdictions that use automated ticketing machines to determine the impact the devices have had since they were authorized in 2010. According to the study, some jurisdictions made no profit from the cameras after the state took its cut and red light camera vendors, primarily American Traffic Solutions, walked away with half of the proceeds. The lack of local profit is not an issue, as reducing accidents is the stated goal for the majority of red light camera programs in the state…..
Legislators say new state report shows no need for red-light cameras
Source: Tia Mitchell and Kathleen McGrory, Tampa Bay Times, February 11, 2014
Two lawmakers who filed bills to repeal Florida’s red-light camera law say a recent state analysis backs up their argument that there is a better way to improve safety at traffic intersections…. The repeal proposals, Senate Bill 144 and House Bill 4009, have yet to receive any committee hearings. Brandes said he was waiting for the state report before proceeding. Artiles is also inserting changes to the red-light camera program — including a moratorium and reduced fines — in a second, much larger transportation bill. House Bill 7005 would slash the fine from $158 to $83 by removing the $75 that usually goes to local government agencies. Municipalities would be able to impose a surcharge to fund existing cameras, but it would have to be discussed at a public hearing and approved by majority vote….
Discussion about red-light cameras comes as a former executive for a prominent red-light camera vendor is accusing the company of offering gifts and bribes to officials in Florida and 13 other states to gain contracts. That company — RedFlex Traffic Systems of Phoenix — has contracts in Clearwater, Jacksonville and Kissimmee. City administrators in Clearwater have requested corporate gift records from the company, but City Manager Bill Horne told the Tampa Bay Times it has acted appropriately….