Karl Dickey at the Examiner:
The Libertarian Party of Florida (LPF), the National Motorists Association (NMA) and the Florida Civil Rights Association are jointly participating in a statewide protest this Saturday to raise awareness of the negative effects of red light cameras on driver’s safety and to support State Seantor Rene Garcia’s bill SB672 and the related bill in the Florida House H4087 put forth by Representative Corcoran to repeal red light cameras in the Florida.
Vicki Kirkland, chairwoman of the Libertarian Party of Florida met yesterday in Orlando with leaders of the other two organizations and is encouraging local LPF affiliates to organize at 11AM this Saturday at the location of their choice in this effort to end the insanity of red light cameras.
The Libertarian Party of Palm Beach County (LP Palm Beach) and the Libertarian Party of Florida have both officially come out against the use of red light cameras at intersections for both safety and constitutional reasons. Nonetheless our legislators and our county commissioners have chosen to ignore their warnings and the mountains of data provided to them in their effort to generate revenue. The NMA and LP Palm Beach have been instrumental in Palm Beach County to delay or keep red light cameras out of Delray Beach, Boca Raton and other parts of the county.
As early as this past weekend it was reported how the installation of the cameras have backfired against the legislators and even the most recent Florida study has shown the reasons why the cameras should be removed from intersections and not used in Florida.
It is not widely reported, however several states have banned the cameras either for Constitutional reasons or for safety reasons. And for those states that have not banned them, dozens of counties and municipalities removed the cameras after being installed.
The first red light camera to go online in unincorporated Palm Beach County is at Powerline & Palmetto Park Road in Boca Raton and is already rife with controversy and local residents are appalled Palm Beach County Commissioner Burt Aaronson would spearhead such an effort when it is clear the situation will end up costing Palm Beach County taxpayers and will result in many more accidents.
The Libertarian Party of Florida would like to see its members contact their State Senators and their State Representatives a encourage them to support SB672 / H 4087 and express their displeasure at seeing these cameras spring up at our intersections.