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I would get another big question tonight our local governments motivated by public safety or greed.
In the case of -- red light cameras there is mounting evidence that it's greed my friends the latest example comes from Florida where the time for yellow lights was shortened.
Sending fines and penalties for drivers through the roof.
Joining -- south Florida State senator Jeff brand that's for one of the districts where drivers are getting caught in -- back.
-- Jeff thanks so much for coming on the show tonight how this thing get started why -- they shortening the yellow light times.
Sure back in 2010 they had the stiff for -- -- the municipalities have some additional flexibility.
And what we've found is with when they gave -- that additional flexibility some of these municipalities who rushed to the minimums at these intersections.
So minimums are what everything that's in three seconds -- -- -- just beach today that it would happen was it just moved to the shorter life timing so.
Even taking half a second -- is it is you know.
Dramatically increasing the amount of red -- -- issue.
And let me tell you they're expensive and Florida what are they 300 bucks or something that's ridiculous that they can they can be up to 265 dollar.
Wow OK I would assume that people in your district are complaining troop.
Absolutely -- -- I would describe it -- shock and awe shock that this process this is taking place in that these municipalities -- are would be doing this.
And all of it not nothing has been done yet.
Mean we should never be putting profits or anything like this in front of them that still lives of our constituents are and our citizens what happened -- -- to me that if I came up upon one of these things that might jam on my breaks and the person behind you -- -- right intimate does that happen a lot.
That's one of the major complaints or having in -- -- we're looking yet.
At revising our our local laws so that we can look at accidents occurring within a 150 meters of the intersection because.
Many times people consider just what happens in the intersection has an accident but we think things leading up to the intersections would actually be accidents to -- we're looking at broadening the scope of accidents.
Well and that's -- stupid bureaucratic designation that we really need some common sense brought to an unbelievable.
You know we've studied this kind of thing -- and in New York you know people in New York people in Washington all -- of the country.
And Florida are putting these rules and the place and triple -- doesn't like them.
They say they create accidents that and they say interestingly.
You say the effort is to raise more money for the state government.
They say that they're not even spending the money -- public safety only one in ten dollars goes to public safety what do you say the back.
No you're that's exactly right many times this just goes into the general revenue fund and it doesn't go towards public safety -- all Palin is truly impossible what's happening.
You want to kill the cameras altogether though tell me about that that you.
Yeah -- I mean at this point we were looking at the these camera systems were saying.
These were sold -- as public safety and what we're finding is it minutes -- he's are turning him into profit setters and that's that's absolutely should not be the case.
To your point rearing crashes rose 44%.
In a Saint Petersburg study.
After the implementation of this thing quite the good fight they -- senator added you know good luck godspeed and let us know if you get any traction thank you for your help tonight.
Thank you were to keep working on -- thank you so much.
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