Rubio received a violation for running a red-light in his home city of West Miami in November 2011 but the case was dismissed in March 2012.
PolitiFact Florida looked at Rubio’s claim about whether the cameras are a “scam.” While we did not place a rating on his claim since that’s a matter of opinion, we found that the research about the cameras’ effectiveness is mixed. Also, the cameras have resulted in multiple lawsuits -- West Miami is one of dozens of cities that are defendants in a federal class action lawsuit related to cameras.
Yet dozens of cities including West Miami have continued to use red light cameras which can lead to a nice chunk of change for local governments. West Miami, which is only three-quarters of a square mile, has collected more than $1.7 million in red light camera revenue over the past five years.
Here’s how much the city of West Miami collected in red light camera revenue in each fiscal year which ends in September, according to their revenue records.
After receiving the revenue information from the city today, we asked city officials how much they have spent on litigation related to the cameras. If we get additional details we will update this blog.
UPDATE: Lawyer Bruce Johnson was retained by the Florida League of Cities to represent about 36 cities including West Miami in the red light camera litigation. That means that the city of West Miami isn't picking up the legal costs in the case. There are multiple lawyers representing other defendants -- in total about 100 cities are involved. The federal class action case alleges that cities improperly delegated authority to an outside vendor.