Red-light camera law faces repeal this year

By Dan Sweeney, Sun Sentinel

With crashes at intersections that have red-light cameras on the rise, lawmakers could repeal the state's red-light camera law entirely.

An early step in what legislators will do about the controversial law took place Wednesday when House members who sit on the Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee heard an overview of the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles report that found crashes at intersections with red-light cameras rose 10 percent in 2015.

That same committee will be the first to hear a proposed repeal of the state law that legalized red-light cameras in 2010.

But the report on increased crashes also found pedestrian-involved accidents dropped nearly 20 percent, and state representatives were unsure how to take the overall results.

"We don't know whether they've made or to what to degree they've made these intersections safer," said state Rep. Kristin Jacobs, D-Coconut Creek.