Red light cameras needed something to stop a losing streak.
They may have gotten it in a Wednesday Senate Transportation committee.
Just last week, the Tampa City Council voted against renewing the city’s contract for the cameras, despite producing more than $1.6 million in revenue. Earlier this month, St. Petersburg decided it was getting rid of its cameras by Sept. 30, even though its cameras had produced nearly $1 million in their first two years.
Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, thinks the cameras don’t make intersections safe and that they’re only used to raise revenue. His bill, SB 144, would make the cameras illegal.
And since he’s the chair of the Senate’s transportation committee, its passage seemed like a sure thing.
Not so fast.
After a series of amendments that would have more tightly regulated the cameras failed to pass, Brandes temporarily postponed the vote on the bill.