Since we told you last week about a bill under consideration by the Florida House of Representatives that would strike down the use of red light cameras, Patch readers have had plenty to say on the topic.
Our story, Red Light Cameras: Should They Stay or Go?, received more than 120 comments as of Tuesday night. Here's what some Sarasota Patch readers had to say:
SRQDude: "The PROOF of the fact that these cameras are ONLY there to make money is the fact that the "Photo Enforced" signs are hard to find and hard to see and are way off to the side. In other words, if they were REALLY there to keep us safer, then the sign would be hung up on the crossbar right next to the light, like those "No Turn On Red" signs are!!"
Paula Garavalia: "These re-timed lights with cameras are just a way to raise extra revenue & are a real pain. I'm barely surviving on S.S. & just got hit with a $158 fine on Cortez Rd (and it wasn't even me driving). Read that lights had all just been retimed. I noticed i a few re-timed lights on the way home from Sarasota last night. Lights turn almost immediately from green to red. Yellow is very brief! Everyone should write to their congressmen about this matter."
Norman Schimmel: "Are you aware that you cannot (even though there is public tape of your "infraction") protest the ticket, until 60 days has passed. That means that the fine has doubled and so you are playing roulette at $316, by the law. This is totally rediculous."
Mary Anne Servian: "There is no due process. Whether you are the driver or not you are guilty. Take them out"
Do you agree? Should red light cameras be banned in Florida? Why or why not? Share your thoughts in the comments section below to continue the conversation.