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Traffic Cameras: A Controversial Solution

Numerous cities throughout Florida have installed these cameras at their most centric intersections. Among the South Florida cities with cameras we have West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Hallandale Beach, North Miami, Boca Raton, Coral Gables among many others. In fact, according to photoenforced.com, there are dozens of cities with cameras and the site displays hundreds of pages of intersections with cameras (by camera type) throughout Florida, including the corresponding fine per violation.

The Mayor of Hallandale Beach, Joy Cooper, recently told the SunSentinel.com, about how the cameras have helped change drivers’ behavior in her city. For example, the number of red light violators in the first intersection where the city placed a camera (Federal Highway and Hallandale Beach Boulevard) has gone down from 675 violations in June, 2010 to just 58 in January 2012.

It is worth to note that at least a part of the $158.00 fine imposed to drivers who fail to stop at a red light or do not stop completely before making a right turn on red, goes to the Miami Project, a program whose doctors and researchers try to find cures and treatments for spinal cord and brain injuries. This gives hope and assistance to some of the 10,000 to 12,000 people that suffer spinal cord injuries in the United States each year.

The mayor cites another good reason for the use of red-light stopping cameras: a report by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has found that two-thirds of the people killed in red-light running cases are the innocent passengers in the violator’s car, the innocent people in the other vehicle, or equally innocent pedestrians or bicyclists. This, the mayor says, has to stop.

No Everyone Happy With Traffic Cameras

Of course, not everyone is happy with the use many of our cities are making of the cameras. In the last few years many have sued the cities in an attempt to stop them from using the cameras altogether. Some have succeeded. For example, in March of this year a county court judge ruled in favor of a man from Pasco County who argued that the use of cameras in this fashion was unconstitutional because they only proved what vehicle (by taking a photo of the car’s license plate) failed to stop at the red light, not who was actually driving the vehicle at the time. Therefore, by failing to prove that the person charged with the offense was actually the person driving the car, the State was unconstitutionally shifting the burden of proving who was driving to the alleged offender, thus violating his or her right to due process.

The Lawyers of Greenberg, Stone & Urbano Can Help

Regardless of what condition you were left in after being involved in an accident, one of your first thoughts should be to hire an attorney. Even if incapacitated and unable to make contact yourself, you should ask a friend or relative to contact a lawyer with experience handling car accident cases so that the attorney can help you recover any compensation you may be owed. Insurance companies for the other driver(s) will promptly have their own lawyers and investigators working very hard by collecting evidence and interviewing witnesses from the moment the accident was reported to them. You should have someone working as hard for you too…

With more than 67 years of combined experience, the Miami Dade County Car Accident Law Offices of Greenberg, Stone & Urbano, have helped thousands of victims of car accidents, tractor trailer accidents, motorcycle accidents, accidents at amusement parks or any other kind of accidents recover the funds they were owed. Visit our website to learn more about our firm and contact us today for a free consultation.

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