Since we told you last week about a bill under consideration by the Florida House of Representatives that would strike down the use of red light cameras, Patch readers have had plenty to say on the topic.
Our story, Red Light Cameras: Should They Stay or Go?, received more than 120 comments as of Tuesday night. Here's what some Bradenton Patch readers had to say:
Mark: "Whether or not the red light cameras generate additional revenue for the municipalities using them is a moot point if using them is compromising the public's safety. Since study after study confirms that having red light cameras installed actually causes more collisions than it prevents, it is painfully obvious to even the most intellectually challenged among us that the cameras must go. The government exists to protect its citizens. If the government if forcing these cameras upon us they are not protecting us at all. They are putting us in a state of peril. The cameras absolutely MUST go!"
NativeBradentonian: "As my husband and I were nearly killed last month due to a man running a red light at an intersection at 43rd St. W. and Manatee Ave W in Bradenton, we are definitely in favor of having the cameras. This guy actually came from behind a car that had stopped for the yellow light, then rapidly accelerated to a high speed, nearly broadsiding us as we were making a turn from the intersection onto 43rd. He actually sped up, as if to try and hit us! PLEASE put the cameras up and continue to try and save lives. If the person is such a hurry that he causes or nearly causes an accident, he needs to be responsible for his actions.Nothings that important that you have to run a red light!!"
Do you agree? Should red light cameras be banned in Florida? Why or why not? Share your thoughts in the comments section below to continue the conversation.