The traffic cameras are designed to catch speeders in school zones. Studies had Hillsborough, Pinellas and Sarasota Counties as having some of the most dangerous roads around schools.
A bill in the Florida Senate (yes, ‘I’m just a bill, yes I’m only a bill…’) is working its way through committee. If it becomes law, it would allow school districts in Florida to purchase and set up speed cameras in school zones.
The state and school districts would need to educate the driving public to the existence of these cameras. Speeding in school zones up to 10 miles per hour or less under above the speed limit would result in a fine of $158.
Fines could increase for those who drive even faster. For example, driving 30 mph over the speed limit in a school zone, caught on camera, would result in a $500 fine to the registered owner of the vehicle.
The is the second time a bill for this plan has been presented to legislators. This time, the bill is showing more support.
According to the bill, there could be just a warning for first-time offenders. There would also be the right to see images or video of the situation and the opportunity to request a hearing.
In the Senate’s version of the bill, fines taken in would be split between the Department of Revenue in Tallahassee, the local government in which the camera is used and the school district. This was one of the sticking points in a previous attempt to pass this legislation.