Poll: 72% of Floridians support red-light cameras


In 2010, Florida joined the national movement of nearly 30 states by enacting the Mark Wandall Traffic Safety Act, Florida’s red light safety camera program. Now, two years later, on the heels of proven, life saving success, Floridian support of the safety cameras laws is at 72%, reflecting unprecedented confidence in its road and community safety benefits. Conducted by the respected national research firm, FrederickPolls, this recent, statistically relevant survey of Floridian voters is consistent with the polling conducted by the St. Petersburg Times in late 2011.

Perhaps most encouraging to road safety advocates: When asked specifically and even after hearing arguments critical of the safety cameras, 67% of Floridians still want to KEEP the red light safety laws in place.  And, this broad, majority confidence crosses all regions, party, age, ethnicity, and philosophical subgroups of the Florida electorate.

“People from Jacksonville to Miami and all points in between, regardless of political party affiliation, know that red light safety cameras prevent injuries and deaths and make intersections safer,” said David Kelly, Executive Director of the National Coalition for Safer Roads. “And as these programs evolve, people are seeing real life-saving results.”

For example, several cities across Florida, from Apopka to North Miami and Miami Gardens, have seen more than a 60% drop in crashes after installing safety cameras. In Temple Terrace, Florida, they experienced a 67% drop in red light running accidents. In Orlando, during its inaugural year of the program, rear end collisions dropped 20%, and there were no fatalities.

Of course, Florida law enforcement has been a long time advocate of red light programs as instrumental elements in statewide transportation safety. Hillsborough County is yet another example of what has been occurring across Florida. Hillsborough County Sheriff, David Gee, saw red light running become an epidemic in the county, pointing to more than 800 crashes and three fatalities in just a two year period.  Currently and in tandem with implementation of its red light safety camera program, Hillsborough County has experienced 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.    




  1. You should really mention that the NSCR that paid for this poll was created by ATS, receives almost all of it’s funding from ATS and essentially operates as the PR arm of ATS, the largest red light camera company operating in Florida. This is a very one-sided press release and it is important to cite where the information is coming from. Might also be good to mention that Bradenton(which has had red light cameras for over 2 years now) has seen their crashes go UP after red light cameras were installed. There was also a new study done by USF on red light cameras that was just covered by TBO.com on Sunday:


  2. ATS’ can poll all they want, but the fact is that when people go to vote on red light cameras, they always vote them out.

    I wonder why newspapers and blogs even publish such questionable stuff.

  3. In Nov. 2011 there were 8 public referendums regarding red light cameras. 7 of the 8 voted to get rid of the red light cameras. There are currently 8 states that have outlawed redlight cameras and many cities like Houston and Los Angeles and Colorado Springs and many others have gotten rid of them. Florida’s revenue estimating conference says that in 2012 there will be 2.3 million people who get red light tickets in Florida and the revenue will be $190 million dollars. Yet there are no valid statistics that show any significan change in traffic fatalities.

  4. There are very few drivers (including some Police Officers) that execute a stop as presribed by Law. It’s no wonder Law Enforcement is forced to require new technologies in order to keep our roads safe! I obey the Traffic Laws to the best of my ability. If we all did, we wouldn’t need the cameras.


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