At least give Salvatore Altimari credit for trying to get rid of red-light cameras in Florida. A Florida appeals court recently ruled in favor of the Mark Wandall Traffic Safety Act, which authorized the use of red-light cameras on state-owned roadways starting in 2010.
As D'Ann White reports for the Bloomingdale-Riverview Patch, the court ruled that red-light cameras do not violate the constitution.
Critics of red-light cameras typically argue that ticketing car owners is a form of "guilty until proven innocent," the opposite of how it should be. Car owners simply get tickets in the mail, whether or not they were the ones driving when the car when it went through the intersection on red.
Other problems with red-light cameras include drivers changing their driving behavior to avoid the possibility of ticket, like hitting the brakes (and causing a rear-end accident) for fear of going through on red, or speeding up in order to make it before it turns red.
On the other hand, White reports that the number of Florida wrecks in intersections has been declining year-over-year since the red-light cameras were put in place.
Whether or not they work, with this court's ruling, it looks like they aren't going anywhere.