More Red Light Traffic Cams Go Live In Pembroke Pines

PEMBROKE PINES (CBS4) — Consider yourself warned. The City of Pembroke Pines activated four new red light cameras on Friday. The cameras are now active at these four intersections:

NB Flamingo Road at Sheridan Street
EB Pines Blvd. at 118th Avenue
EB Johnson Street at Colony Point Drive
WB Pembroke Road at SW 129th Avenue

Cameras already in operation are located at:

NB Dykes Road at Pines Boulevard
EB SW 129th Avenue at Pines Boulevard
EB Taft Street at North Hiatus Road
NB North Hiatus Road at Taft Street
NB SW 136th Avenue at Pines Boulevard

Click here to see a map of some of the red light cameras across South Florida. Click Here to send CBSMiami your red lights to add to the map.

Warnings will be issued to drivers at the four new intersections for the next month. After May 15th, drivers will face a 158-dollar ticket if caught on camera running a red light.

The city will activate 19 more cameras next month at both directions of Pines at 136th Avenue, Flamingo Road, Palm Avenue, University Drive and 72nd Avenue; eastbound Pines at Dykes Road and Southwest 150th Avenue/Grand Palms Drive; westbound Pines at Northwest 155th Avenue; northbound Flamingo at Pines; and southbound University at Pines.

According to the City of Pembroke Pines web site, the goal of the red light camera program is to reduce red-light running violations, crashes, and injuries without impacting city funds.

But do red light cameras make sense financially?

The goal is to pay for them with the money collected from tickets. But Pembroke Pines Mayor Frank Ortis said the city has not made any money yet. In fact, the costs of the running the cameras and prosecuting the tickets have been higher than the money collected from tickets.

CBS4 asked then why do they want to install 19 more cameras? The mayor said it’s a public safety matter.

“If we save lives even one or two lives, I’m very happy about that,” Mayor Ortis said.

When pressed for an answer about who has been paying for the cameras he referred CBS 4 to the city attorney who told CBS4’s Silva Harapetian that the city has so far paid the company that installed the cameras $95,000.

But city attorney could not say where that money came from. The income from red light violators is not enough to pay for the cameras; and it’s unclear if the taxpayers have been footing the bill.

But Mayor Ortis said what really matters is lives.

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.

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 the cameras saved roughly 159 lives over four years in a study of 14 major cities.

  • craige lyle

    another way to take money from people who are alreday stressed out ,it called extortion

    • Fed Up with Idiots

      So you are one of the lowlives who runs red lights, endangering my children and grandchildren. I say your fine should be tripled for being such a flaming imbecile..

  • John Doe

    Why are u concerned if you do not run red lights? Would you think the same way if u or your family were hit by a driver running a red light?

  • Mary Anne

    What is running a “red” light? When I see a yellow light and do not think that I can stop at the “line” safely, is that running a “red” light?

    • Florida USA

      Running a red light means that the light is red by the time you reach the end of your lane at the intersection and you keep going.

  • s. cooper

    george orwell was right

    • Florida USA

      He was right but it has nothing to do with traffic lights. Laws are enacted to protect people who are considerate of others. I say put cameras in every street and neighborhood. I have nothing to hide. Cameras are to protect law-abiding citizens from scoundrel who find loopholes that allow the more pressing social injustices, i.e.: child rape, murder, home invasions, shall I go on?

  • Pedro Lara

    It’s an infringement of peoples rights. Anything to make a buck. Or as my mom calls it “Getting a piece of the pie.” Unconstitutional and Big Brother is watching just like George Orwell’s book 1984.

    • Fed Up with Idiots

      Don’t like it here? Then please go back where you came from. Florida is for Floridians.

  • ArthurS

    Another neighborhood I’ll stay away from

  • ArthurS

    In fact, just make it the whole city, where ever there are red lights i stay away from, do your shopping somewhere else, too many red lights in a city, stay out of the city

    • Fed Up with Idiots

      Great idea. Please stay out. Thank you.

  • Pedro Lara

    It’s a start. first cameras at traffic lights then it’s cameras on every street corner. And before you know it they are calling for marshal law.

    • Fed Up with Idiots

      And you’d love it. When things get out of hand, innocent people getting killed, who do you rely on to solve your problems? The Government. Cops. Firefighters. Don’t be such a hypocrite. Here in Florida, there is more than enough negativity to go around. Please take yours and yourself back to your place of origin. Thank you.

  • Richard

    If it was about safety they’d bring back Prohibition!

    • Fed Up with Idiots

      Inebriated drivers are not the only ones running red lights and slaughtering people with their deadly 2-ton vehicle-weapons.

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