TAMPA, FL--November 26, 2012: Florida enacted the Mark Wandall Traffic Safety Act in 2010, and more than 55 cities have implemented the program. These cameras continue to modify driver behavior and increase road safety throughout our state. Now, Stop on Red Florida has announced a Spanish website and fact sheet explaining the results and life-saving benefits these cameras bring to communities.
“Our mother was beyond incredible and she was one of those people who just loved with her whole heart. But, someone carelessly ran a red light in Tampa and she lost her life while riding her bike home from work”
Florida's population is approximately 23 percent Hispanic, with the majority of those Hispanic residents speaking Spanish. Stop on Red Florida understands that extending its reach to this audience will ultimately have an impact on the continued, statewide success of its program. With Florida being the third most deadly state for red-light running and home to the top four most dangerous metropolitan areas in the nation, this outreach is critical.
These red light camera safety programs seek to reduce all crashes and to save as many lives as possible. Those who have lost loved ones as a result of a red-light crash understand the severity of this issue and that red light cameras can help reduce these collisions.
"Our mother was beyond incredible and she was one of those people who just loved with her whole heart. But, someone carelessly ran a red light in Tampa and she lost her life while riding her bike home from work," said Selena Glass and Genevieve Almodovar, whose mother was killed after being hit by a red-light runner. "We have personally seen so many other people deliberately run red lights. We know it happens every day. It happens way too much. Red light cameras make people think before they proceed through a red light."
Most communities that implement red light safety camera programs experience a reduction in red-light running violations ranging from 20-87 percent, within about an 18 month time frame of when a program is implemented. Multiple studies and organizations verify these dramatic declines in crashes, including the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the Federal Highway Administration and the National Coalition for Safer Roads.
Currently and in tandem with implementation of its red light safety camera program, Hillsborough County is one of the areas throughout the state experiencing an overall reduction in crashes with injuries at 10 intersections where the cameras were placed.
"I think Floridian support of safety cameras is also bolstered by the recognition that safety cameras offer critical assistance to law enforcement in keeping the broader community even safer," said Sheriff David Gee, Hillsborough County.
Under the Traffic Safety Act, a portion of the money generated from red light violations goes directly to fund spinal cord and brain injury research, and to emergency room trauma centers throughout Florida. Of the $158 fine paid by violators, $10 is distributed to local trauma centers through Health Admin Trust Fund and $3 is allocated to fund spinal and brain injury research through the Miami Project. Since 2010, trauma centers and the Miami project have received nearly $2 million.
About Stop on Red Florida
Stop on Red Florida works to bring together organizations to promote intersection and road safety related programs. Through research, facts and up-to-date news, Stop on Red Florida aims to help educate residents throughout the state on the life-saving results and functionality of intersection safety cameras. For more information on Stop on Red Florida, visit Stop on Red Florida or Florida Law.
The Mark Wandall Traffic Safety Act
The "Mark Wandall Traffic Safety Act" is established whereby the regulation and use of cameras for enforcing traffic control signal laws is expressly preempted to the state. The manner in which municipalities and counties may administer such a program is established and the amount of the fine to be imposed, $150, is provided. Disposition of fines is provided as follows: three-fifths to be retained by the county or municipality enforcing the ordinance; one-fifth as provided by s. 318.21, F.S.; and one-fifth to be deposited in the Department of Health Administrative Trust Fund.