Davie May Put Brakes On Red Light Camera Program

DAVIE (CBS4) – The town of Davie is expected to decide this week if they will go forward with their red light camera program.

Originally, the town worked out a three-year contract with American Traffic Solutions Inc. of Kansas and installed 16 cameras; they planned to start issuing $158 fines to violators beginning on August 20th. But after hearing from several other city’s that the cameras weren’t generating enough revenue, town leaders had second thoughts. Critics said Davie will not collect enough in fines to pay the $76,000 monthly bill to run the cameras.

During a meeting last month, town leaders discussed canceling their contract with American Traffic Solution citing costs of running the program and legal challenges, according to the Sun-Sentinel. The matter was tabled until their August meeting.

During a meeting on Wednesday the council is expected to vote on whether to authorize the town’s attorney to cancel their contract with American Traffic Solutions.

Davie is not the only municipality re-thinking the use of red light cameras. In June, Hialeah voted to end its program.

City leaders in Pembroke Pines and Fort Lauderdale are also considering ending their programs with American Traffic Solutions because of unexpected legal and court costs, according to the paper.

In addition to Davie, Ft. Lauderdale and Pembroke Pines, American Traffic Solutions also has contracts with Hollywood, Hallandale Beach, Sunrise and Margate.

  • DeeJay

    But wait we were TOLD that these were to be installed to INCREASE SAFETY at dangerous intersections.

    What is this conversation about REVENUE doing in the middle of a discussion supposedly about SAFETY.

    Are we not to say that was all complete horsehockey and that we were indeed LIED TO by Davie legislators? Sure sounds like something RIPE FOR KICKBACK investigation. I suspect nothing is clean about HOW COMPANIES WERE CHOSEN and the BLUE SHIELD will protect all inquiries – sometimes with a no-knock and gunfire, if the amount is enough right?

    So now it’s about REVENUE and NOT SAFETY and really it’s about LIES and GETTING CAUGHT TELLING THEM.

  • Jack

    Here is a senerio for you,you are sitting at a red light equipped with a camera.An emergency vehicle comes behind you with the lights and sirens on.I will sit and wait for the light to turn green before I move because I will not run the red light and risk getting a ticket for any one.

  • Jack

    Don’t run red lights stop on yellow and they lose all REVENUE!!!!. Cameras will be taken down because they won’t be able to pay for them. I’m a hard working citizen who just does not like being video taped at every intersection. This is America not a socialized police state.Fight back take away the revenue that supports the cameras by not running red lights.

  • Chucky

    Good stuff, DJ.

    …but Jacky, that’s a bit much and you know you’re going to get the cite’ for failing to yield to an emergency vehicle.

    I know you’re more socially responsible than that.

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