MIAMI (CBS4) –The City of Miami is ringing-in the New Year with something shiny and bright – new red light cameras at city intersections.

Starting Saturday drivers are warned to slow their speed as they approach intersections. Starting with the new year red light runners will be caught on camera and will get a $158 ticket in the mail. Warnings will not be issued.

Tickets sent in the mail will include photographs of driver’s vehicle and license plates.

“This fine remains the same for each subsequent red-light violation committed by the same driver,” said Jose Gonzalez, assistant transportation coordinator for the city. “Warnings will not be issued. A driver who receives a notice of violation can choose to appear in court.”

Also, the citations do not add points to drivers’ records, so insurance costs should be unaffected.

The city is looking to bring-in close to $8 million annually through these types of fines from cameras installed at more than a dozen intersections that include: Southwest 37th Avenue and South Dixie Highway,
Southeast 26th Road and Brickell Avenue, and Northeast 36th Street and Biscayne Boulevard.

A city contractor and a police officer will review video clips and photographs from the cameras to confirm each violation.

Accused violators have the option of paying the citation and viewing the video and photos online. If the notice is not paid or appealed in court within 30 days, a Uniform Traffic Citation will be issued for a higher amount which may include court costs, Gonzalez said.

Gonzalez said violations will not be issued to a motorist making a right or left turn if the motorist crossed the stop bar and entered the intersection before the light turned red.

“Reducing the likelihood of accidents caused by red-light running will not only save lives and reduce serious injuries,” he said, “but also improve mobility and traffic flow at critical intersections.”

The red-light camera program is expected to bring about $8 million into cash-strapped Miami’s coffers in its first year.

Miami joins other South Florida cities, including Aventura, Hollywood and Pembroke Pines that have installed the red-light cameras.

Ted Hollander, a lawyer and part-owner of The Ticket Clinic who has offices in several cities, and said he has seen increased business since the red-light programs started. But he called the red-light cameras “totally unfair.”

“In my opinion, the law violates many parts of our constitution,” Hollander said. “The way it is set up between the camera company and the city, in my opinion, it is illegal.”

He said the red-light cameras violate the equal protection that is guaranteed by the constitution.

“The notice given to those who receive a ticket is inadequate, and the contract that the cities have entered into with the camera company violates the [state] red-light camera law,” he said.

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Comments (10)
  1. Domingo says:

    I have to say these every City there putting Cameras on there streets so they can collect all these money cause all there people that work for the City have no place to go to get and put money in there pocket you know what they say the biguess thift is the goverment and they dont need help they do it legal and screw all the people that put them there in office I think is time to get more into what going on with the people that we the people put in office they have for got that WE THE PEOPLE .put then there and we can vote them out of office.

  2. Mike says:

    Yeah, 8 million dollars going into corrupt politicians pockets here in sunny Miami. Why not put cameras on the turnpike and the highways where people are constantly tailgating, passing in the shoulder, and driving like complete maniacs.

    1. Kendall Julio says:

      Mike, I couldn’t agree more with your comments. The DOT should out cameras on the turnpike, 836 & 826 to catch these idiots driving like maniacs and have no regard for other drivers, or for themselves for that matter. Nobody said we have smart people in miami. I love these idiots that drive these huge 4 x 4’s that tailgate, pass on the left to get to the red light. Your not impressing anyone with your huge 4 X 4, the only person you might be impressing is your boyfriend with our little weiner. Miami is not a real city, it’s the banana republic!!

  3. Tony Montana says:

    Download Trapster dot com on your cellphone. Those damn things are already logged in and the app will flash you an alert so you don’t give money to our politicians, I mean so you drive safely:) Next time don’t vote for old conservative or religious to get the crazy law and order politicians ruining our lives.

  4. fed up says:

    Has anyone realized that these cameras are only being placed in predominantly white and hispanic areas only. It is ridiculous that the working people are having to pay even more. In one sqaure mile around the dog track/casino they have over 20 cameras.

  5. Tuzi says:

    Have you ever thought about stopping. It really isnt that hard to do. I am a victim if a red light runner. He gets a ticket and I get a pain and arthritis for the rest of my life. Gee I feel no sympathy. I think violators should pay.

    1. miguel says:

      I understand your frustration but you must understand that the law is the law and there is no due process in these cases. You don’t get a chance to fight it in court. They should give you a chance to fight it in court as when a police officer gives you a citation, I think they should get the 8 million expected revenue an hire more police officers. How about they hire a police office to stand at each traffic light where these cameras are installed. There would be due process.

  6. lalula says:

    I turned on red. No sign “NO TURN ON RED’ so it cost $158 to turn on red in areas with cameras. But every where else it is OK. The fine is $158, why so little? Might as well be $158,000,000??????? I am struggling to pay my other bills for a while now. I think this is official uncontrolled mafia. They also charge $4 “Convenience processing fee” to collect your money online???? Again why only $4 why not $40000???? I understand running through a red light, but turning!! They must put signs, but they will not, because than they can not collect theirs money!!!!! Horror! People who implement and approve those amounts for fines should be conscience that other people are not wealthy as they are.

    1. Scooby says:

      Yo, did you come to a full, complete stop before making your turn. Like stop dead, count to three, and continue. If not, it isn’t legal and you’ll get a ticket every time. Few people make a full, legal stop. Just watch right turns on red and you’ll see.

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