Red Light Cameras Go Live In Doral Next Week

DORAL (CBS4) – Jumping on the ‘red light’ camera band wagon, the City of Doral will begin taking photos of red light runners next month as part of a new “Save A Life” program – a program which some say is merely another way to generate extra revenue for the city.

The cameras will be located on Doral Boulevard (NW 36th Street/NW 41st Street) at intersections throughout the city:

Doral Blvd at NW 107th Ave
*Cameras will focus on east/west traffic on Doral Blvd

Doral Blvd at NW 97th Ave
*Cameras will focus on north/south traffic on NW 97th Ave and westbound traffic on Doral Blvd

Doral Blvd at NW 87th Ave
*Cameras will focus on east/west traffic on Doral Blvd and northbound traffic on NW 87th Ave

Doral Blvd at NW 79th Ave
*Cameras will focus on east/west traffic on Doral Blvd and southbound traffic on NW 79th Ave

The cameras will go ‘live’ on April 1st. Drivers caught on camera running red lights will receive warning notices for the first 90 days; after that they will receive fines in the mail.

Drivers typically pay more than $158 per violation state wide if they are caught on camera running a red light The state’s Revenue Estimating Conference has projected that red light camera programs will bring roughly $100 million into the state and $75 million into local governments over the next two years.

Doral city officials say they are implementing the program for public safety. On the city’s website, it states that 676 people were killed, 113-thousand were injured, in crashes involving drivers running red lights in 2009. The website fails to report, however where those accidents happened and if any were in Doral.

State Senator Rene Garcia said the recently passed state law which allows the red light cameras is an “unwarranted, big-brother initiative.” He’s filed a bill to repeal the law. Garcia said that the red light cameras have simply become a way for local governments to use “these cameras to tax their citizens under the disguise of safety.”

Garcia’s bill goes head to head with Insurance Institute for Highway Safety data which shows he cameras saved roughly 159 lives over four years in a study of 14 major cities.

Comments

One Comment

  1. digigirl says:

    very good, about time …people drive like crazy
    thank u

  2. mike says:

    This is illegal. Find another source of revenue. Time to put some clear reflective coats on my plates. This is TAXAtion without representation.

    1. Al Merrill says:

      It’s because of idiots like you that we need the cameras to start with!!!

  3. Miguel says:

    They are right. This is just another way to generate extra revenue. Times must so bad in Doral that they had their own Counsilman, Pete Cabrera, do the installation of the cameras.

  4. phantom says:

    Just another way the government can keep tabs on citizens. Freedom is going out the door. What we need is some folks with balls to start taking out these cameras. Once they have to replace several hundred cameras they will end up taking them down. Come on where are all those crazy folks out there. Start busting cameras.

  5. RICHARD says:

    THIS IS THE BEST THING THAT THEY HAVE DONE! WHO CARES IF THEY GENERATE MONEY AND TAXES AND BULLSH@#T. YOU RUN THE LIGHT YOU PAY THE PRICE. BECAUSE I LIVE ACTUALLY REALLY CLOSE TO THE (NW 36th Street/NW 41st Street) intersections. AND EVERY FREAKING DAY I SEE AT LEAST 8 TO 9 PEOPLE RUN THE RED LIGHT JUST BECAUSE THEY WANT TO MAKE THE TURN AND WE HAVE TO WAIT ON THEM WHILE WE HAVE THE GREEN. NOT RACIST BECAUSE I AM LATIN MYSELF, BUT I THINK IF YOU ARE FROM ANOTHER COUNTRY YOU SHOULD GO THROUGH A DRIVING SCHOOL BEFORE YOU GET YOUR LIC. NOT JUST OH YOU TURN 16 LETS GET YOU A LIC.

  6. ph says:

    Red llight cameras are fine IF they are timed properly. The ones in Doral don’t give you enough time to stop if you are at the stop line doing the speed limit. Then if you do go through the intersection at that point, there’s not enough time to prceed THROUGH the intersection without getting caught on camera. Same thing with left turns. If you are in the intersection waiting to make a left (where you’re supposed to be) when the on coming traffic stops, you’re caught on the red light camera. Timing of the lights is crucial.

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