Red Light Camera Tickets
Florida Statute § 316.0083 is also known as the Mark Wandall Traffic Safety Program, named after the 30-year-old Bradenton husband and expectant father who was killed in a crash caused by a red-light runner in 2003.
While the Florida Legislature authorized the use of red light cameras (RLCs) with the passage of the Mark Wandall Traffic Safety Act in 2010, there have been multiple attempts to ban the cameras and some communities continue to employ RLCs while others do not.
The legality of red light cameras could potentially become a settled argument when the Florida Supreme Court hears arguments in February 2018 relating to the RLC program in the City of Aventura.
The Third District Court of Appeal upheld Aventura’s program, but that ruling conflicts with a 2014 ruling by the Fourth District Court of Appeal that shut down the City of Hollywood's program.
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Overview of Red Light Tickets in Florida
- What did the Mark Wandall Traffic Safety Act do?
- How can a person's license be suspended as the result of a red light ticket?
- Where can I find more information about traffic lights in Broward County?
Under Florida Statute § 316.0083(1)(a), the department, a county, or a municipality can authorize a traffic infraction enforcement officer under Florida Statute § 316.640 to issue a traffic citation for a violation of Florida Statute § 316.074(1) (Obedience to and required traffic control devices) or Florida Statute § 316.075(1)(c)1 (Traffic control signal devices).
A notice of violation and a traffic citation cannot be issued:
- for failure to stop at a red light if the driver is making a right-hand turn in a careful and prudent manner at an intersection where right-hand turns are permissible; or
- if the driver of the vehicle came to a complete stop after crossing the stop line and before turning right if permissible at a red light, but failed to stop before crossing over the stop line or other point at which a stop is required.
Florida Statute § 316.0083(b)1a. stipulates that a notice of violation must be sent within 30 days to the registered owner of the motor vehicle involved in the violation.
The notification must specify the remedies available to the alleged offender and that the violator must pay the penalty of $158 to the department, county, or municipality, or furnish an affidavit in accordance with Florida Statute § 316.0083(d), or request a hearing within 60 days following the date of the notification in order to avoid the issuance of a traffic citation.
The notification that most alleged offenders receive within 30 days is referred to as a Notice of Violation. Failure to pay a $158 Notice of Violation by its due date will result in the person being issued a $277 red light camera ticket, also known as a uniform traffic citation.
An alleged offender needs to receive the uniform traffic citation in order to contest the ticker. People feel pressured into paying the initial $158 fines to resolve these matters, but many others may have legal claims to dispute the additional fees if they did not receive the initial Notice of Violation.
While one of the major selling points of the Mark Wandall Traffic Safety Act was that RLC violations would not result in points being added to an alleged offender’s driving records, many people have been startled to learn that failure to pay a RLC ticket can result in driver’s license suspension.
Driving with a suspended license is a criminal offense in Florida, and people can find themselves being placed under arrest for unknowingly breaking the law.
Many communities in Broward County and Miami-Dade County (Boynton Beach is the only city in Palm Beach County using RLCs) use an Arizona-based company, American Traffic Solutions, to provide surveillance-video services. Keepin mind that the Mark Wandall Traffic Safety Program authorizes a traffic infraction enforcement officer to issue a traffic citation.
The basis for the 2014 decision, by the Fourth District Court of Appeal, to shut down the City of Hollywood's program was that the City ceded too much of its power to American Traffic Solutions.
A license suspension can be the first course of action for collecting payment of fines relating to an RLC violation. When a fee remains unpaid, a clerk of courts may refer the case to a private collection agency, which can result in hundreds or even thousands of dollars in additional fees.
It is critical to seek legal representation as soon as you receive a Notice of Violation or if you learn that your license has been suspended because of an unpaid red light ticket.
Red Light Camera Summary Report | Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) — View the full text of a summary report prepared by the FLHSMV, as required under Florida Statute § 316.0083(4)(b). The report found there was a 10.4 percent increase in total crashes after the activation of RLCs. You can learn more about crash analysis, alternative safety measures, and recommendations.
Red light cameras in South Florida | Google — View an interactive map of RLCs in Broward County, Palm Beach County, and Miami-Dade County. The website shows the locations of 368 RLCs in South Florida. Each location also lists which direction the RLC captures pictures of traffic from.
Find a Traffic Lights Ticket Attorney in Florida
If you receive a red light ticket in the Sunshine State, it is in your best interest to retain legal counsel for help possibly getting the citation thrown out.
Fort Lauderdale traffic ticket lawyers, , can challenge the validity of your RLC violation and fight to get the ticket thrown out.
From our offices in Fort Lauderdale, we represent clients with red light camera tickets throughout Broward County at the Central Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, FL, the County Civil North Regional Courthouse in Deerfield Beach, County Civil South Regional Courthouse in Hollywood, and County Civil West Regional Courthouse in Plantation, FL.
From our offices in West Palm Beach, FL, we represent clients accused of running a red light in Palm Beach County at the Main Courthouse in West Palm Beach, the West County Courthouse in Belle Glade, the North County Courthouse in Palm Beach Gardens, and the South County Courthouse in Delray Beach.
Our attorney also represent clients in Fort Pierce and Port St. Lucie in St. Lucie County, Hobe Sound and the Village of Indiantown in Martin County, and in Coral Gables, Hialeah, Miami Beach and Miami in Miami-Dade County, FL.
Call (561) 500-5000 or fill out an online contact form to have our attorneys review your case and discuss all of your legal options during a free initial consultation.
This article was last updated on March 23, 2018.