Legislation Seeks To Make Miami-Dade County Intersections Safer

MIAMI-DADE (CBSMiami) – Keeping South Florida drivers safe at busy intersections, without the use of controversial red-light cameras, is on the agenda for Miami-Dade County Commissioners Tuesday.

Commission Chairman Joe Martinez has introduced legislation designed to reduce red-light running and improve safety of intersections by implementing a four-second “all-red clearance interval.”

An “all-red” signal in the traffic light cycle briefly stops traffic in all directions.

Chairman Martinez wants the “all-red” signal changes at high crash and high volume intersections throughout Miami-Dade County and he wants the system to replace red light cameras which he says have become nothing more than cash cows for cities imposing an unfair, economic burden on citizens.

“I want to save lives. I want to prevent accidents without dipping into people’s pockets. That’s not the intent, the intent right here is let’s educate people, let’s stop these accidents, let’s save some lives. There are a lot of lives lost every year at intersection accidents alone,” said Chairman Martinez.

“All-red clearance intervals” studied by the AAA of Michigan and the City of Detroit have been found to be an effective way to reduce collisions at hazardous intersections. Chairman Martinez is hoping to bring similar changes to the synchronization of Miami-Dade street lights.

Martinez’ proposal against the hugely unpopular red light cameras may be quite unpopular in cities that make a lot of money off their red light camera programs.

Some county traffic engineers also oppose the idea of the 4-second red light delay saying drivers who are inclined to run red lights will still do so if they know they have an extra four seconds to get through the intersection.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, intersectional accidents account for 48-percent of injury-related traffic accidents nationwide, and generate almost $101 billion of societal cost each year. These accidents are often caused by motorists trying to “beat” red lights, and these motorists are responsible for about 800 deaths and 200,000 injuries each year nationwide, according to insurance industry figures.

 

 

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  1. Me says:

    What they fail to understand is it’s not the lights or signs. It’s the drivers! People in Miami just don’t care. We have probably 85% of drivers who still abide by their home countries traffic laws, which in some cases, there are no traffic laws. People just don’t care about anyone on the road except themselves and have the “get the f*** out of my way” attitude.

    1. calle 8 says:

      People care in Miami. It is the Hispanics that do not care about anything. All they care about is drinking cuban coffee and partying it up on calle 8. Hey, people in Miami let rafters in here during the 1980’s so we just have ourselves to blame.

  2. Domingo says:

    HERE IN MIAMI ITS EVERY PERSON FOR THEM SELF THEY DONT CARE ABOUT THE OTHER PERSON ,AND WHO WILL PAY FOR ALL OF THE NEW SYSTEM THAT NEEDS TO BE PUT UP HOW IS THE COUNTY OR BETTER YET IS MR JOE MARTINES PAYING FOR ALL OF THESE CHANGES OUT OF HIS POCKET AND PUT THE MONEY UP FOR IT WHEN PEOPLE ARE GETTING LAID OF AND LOOSING THERE JOBS AND HOME HERE COMES THESE WANT TO BE MAYOR TO SPEND MORE MONEY FROM THE TAX PAYER I DONT THINK SO , ALL THESE COMMISSIONERS ALL THEY DO IS SPEND SPEND MONEY THAT DONT HAVE AND THEM THEY HAVE TO CUT THE POLICE AND THE SERVICES FOR THE PEOPLE THAT STAY IN THE COUNTY DONT THINK SO .

  3. Abraham Ben Judea says:

    While they are at it they should also make all the YELLOW light have the same amount of timed uniformly…

  4. his says:

    What does getting laid of mean? Moderator please look into this post. This person is using suggestive comments such as getting laid of, and typing in all caps. Domingo why are you critical of Hispanic drivers. These people are the best drivers in the nation. Hispanics destroyed Miami, so they might as well destroy the roads also.

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