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redlightFox 30 reports on new legislation that many hope could become law after this legislative session.  Neither Senate President  Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, or House Speaker Will Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel, are fans of red-light cameras. In fact, both legislative leaders support repealing the state’s red-light camera law though they acknowledge the repeal will not happen any time soon.   Notwithstanding this, House Speaker Will Weatherford would like  to focus this session on adding regulations on the use of the red light cameras by local governments.   Weatherford was recently interviewed and commented on his views of the red light cameras. œI don’t live under any illusion that we’re going to repeal red-light cameras this year, Weatherford said. œBut we ought to be able to bring some sensible regulations and some sensible policies on how and where they put these red-light cameras. Red-light cameras have long been controversial, but opponents are pointing to a new study by the Legislature’s Office of Program Policy Analysis & Government Accountability, which they say shows the cameras haven’t reduced accidents and are a way for local governments to bring in revenues.

What do you think?  Have you seen a drop in accidents on Jacksonville roads since the red light cameras have been installed?  I would love to read your comments!

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