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Red-light cameras the way to stop cheating husbands and pot-smoking kids?

by Dara Kam | October 17th, 2011

An update on red-light cameras in the Senate Transportation Committee gave lawmakers the opportunity to vent some concerns about the traffic devices.

Sen. Larcenia Bullard related a tale of one of her constituents’ sons who was caught by a red-light camera while toting some of his pot-smoking pals. Police used the tape showing his back-seat buddies getting high to charge the teenager with a drug offense instead of a traffic infraction, said Bullard, whose district includes part of Palm Beach County.

Bullard said the cameras should take photos limited in size to the trunk of the car and not include the window of the vehicle. That way officers – and others – can’t peek at what’s going on inside, she said.

“A man is sitting in the back seat with a woman who he’s not married to and his wife,” Bullard, D-Miami, said, drawing snickers from her committee colleagues. “But it’s very true. This is real. This stuff happens. I see where this camera is really working but we need to get beyond taking pictures of that back window where you can see someone cheating on his wife or someone smoking marijuana.”

Sen. Ronda Storms questioned whether local traffic engineers are timing the amber lights properly so drivers have long enough to drive through the intersection without getting a ticket. Good traffic safety rules require that the amber light give drivers time to make it from the solid white line through the intersection traveling at the speed limit before the light turns red, Storms said.

Storms, R-Valrico, said she’s worried that the traffic engineers aren’t giving drivers enough time on the amber because cities are making money on the red-light runners.

“I’m really concerned about the abuse of power,” Storms said.

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6 Responses to “Red-light cameras the way to stop cheating husbands and pot-smoking kids?”

  1. Real Answers Says:

    Solution: Don’t smoke pot while your driving and Don’t cheat on your spouse. Pretty easy huh.

  2. Kevin Says:

    How did they know it was pot and not tobacco or some other legal substance? Do they have spectrum analysis of the smoke plume or something? Funny how the don’t tread on my liberties crowd don’t see to have a problem with these invasion of privacy issues as long as it’s not targeting them. How about a facial recognition camera placed outside the gun show with details of all financial transactions carried out inside transmitted to police who catalog every firearm and ammo load you purchase?

  3. Baby Ruth Corn Bar Says:

    The City put a camera in my toilet too see if im wasting water with a “courtesy” flush when i take a S !-! I T !!!!!!!!!!

  4. DrDeath Says:

    Why not make a law requiring every vehicle in the state of Floriduh to have GPS tracking devices so every politician and the governor can monitor all movement by drivers here. Isn’t that where we are heading anyway?

  5. DrDeath Says:

    Real Answers Says:
    October 17th, 2011 at 3:42 pm
    Solution: Don’t smoke pot while your driving and Don’t cheat on your spouse. Pretty easy huh.

    And this is the only problem you see with a law like this? HUH!

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