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Miami Beach commissioner proposes ditching red light cameras

“I have senior citizens who cry to me about this.”

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Could pricy tickets for running a red light in Miami Beach soon be a thing of the past? Miami Beach commissioner Kristen Rosen Gonzalez wants to end the city’s red light camera program on the grounds that the $158 tickets are too much of a burden to citizens, the Miami Herald reports.

This isn’t the first time the Miami Beach commission’s discussed doing away with the traffic cameras. However, Gonzalez thinks she has the votes to propose ending the program at the Jan. 17 commission meeting. Plus, there’s a recent precedent: Miami commissioners decided in December to phase out its its $158 red light camera tickets.

“I am doing this because I believe that people make mistakes. Running a red light is a mistake, and the $158 fee cripples the working class and people living on fixed income,” Gonzalez says. “I have senior citizens who cry to me about this, and I am hoping that the third time is the charm and we finally get rid of red light cameras on Miami Beach.”