The public will gets its say with Hillsborough commissioners next week over the county’s red light camera program, a program that has been dormant since legislators enacted new laws governing such programs statewide.
On Sept. 1, the Hillsborough County Commission will hold a public hearing, which is the last step before amending the county’s ordinance that established its red light system. The changes are needed to get in line with the new state legislation.
Hillsborough is one of dozens of cities and counties in the state that began fining motorists with civil infractions for running red lights based on photographs taken by cameras at intersections.
Use of the cameras proved controversial and generated numerous lawsuits across the state. The suits claimed cities and counties did not have the right to issue civil infractions based on moving violations, normally governed by the state.
Legislators this year enacted uniform laws for the entire state, which meant an overhaul of local programs and a requirement that counties and cities give a share of revenue generated by the cameras to the state.
If the changes to Hillsborough’s ordinance are not approved, the county stands to lose out on an estimated $2 million in revenue the rest of this year and next fiscal year.