ARTICLE UPDATE: 2/25/19
Since this post was written, much has been happening in the Red Light Camera Ticket world. First of all, the Florida Supreme Court ruled in Jimenez v. State, on May 3, 2018, that the cities are within their rights to have these cameras installed and issue tickets. As soon as that ruling came down, it caused a huge blow to our (and all attorneys) ability to fight them. Basically, once that ruling came down, all the courts had to allow the cities to write tickets and it made it nearly impossible to fight them successfully.
Now, I say “successfully” because it has always been our philosophy at Unger & Kowitt to only charge people money to fight them IF we firmly believe that we can win them and get them thrown out. Once that ruling came down, it became obvious that Courts were no longer going to allow the attorneys to make motions or arguments to get cases thrown out. Therefore, in almost every instance, we stopped handling these types of cases.
The one exception is if you received a Red Light Camera Ticket and forgot about it, or missed your deadline to pay the $158. If that did happen to you, your notice of violation automatically turned into a Uniform Traffic Citation and now you must pay $277.00 AND you will receive a mark on your driving record. We are fighting those mainly to keep the adjudication from appearing on your driving record, which we can do. But again, if you have the option of paying $158, we still recommend that at the moment because it’s the better and cheaper option.
If you notice, I did write “at the moment” because as you write this, new challenges are being made to the way some cities are ticketing drivers. Mainly, those making a right turn on red, and I believe those will be successful soon. As soon as that’s the case, I will blog again and keep you posted.
But for now, use this website to help you avoid intersections where the Red Light Cameras are in full operation.
Did you know there’s a stretch of Collins Avenue between Bal Harbour and Surfside in northeast Miami-Dade County where you can’t throw a rock without hitting a red light camera (8 in 10 blocks)? Or that in Broward, a 7-block stretch of Commercial Boulevard should be renamed “the gauntlet,” as it has four cameras in quick succession. That’s just a tip of the iceberg when it comes to red light camera hot spots.
Despite recent efforts, red light cameras are likely here to stay. But as we often say, the best way to avoid the need to fight a ticket is to not get the ticket in the first place. And what better way to avoid them, than knowing where the worst red light camera hot spots are located.
As you might expect, South Florida, Tampa/St. Pete, Orlando, and Jacksonville are the most riddled areas with red light cameras in Florida. Within those major metropolitan areas, there are some spots and streets that are positively hopping with these wallet lighteners.
We broke down South Florida’s tri-county to give you an idea of what’s out there, according to the helpful folks at Photoenforcer.com. According to the map, South Florida has the heaviest concentration of dots (lucky us!). Take a look any time you have a long road trip planned, especially in regions you are not familiar with. Remember, when you see that flashlight up the sky (and there isn’t a lightning storm anywhere in sight!), the chances are you’ve been
snapped and it’s already too late.
- A 7-block stretch of East Commercial Boulevard (between N.E. 15th Avenue and North Federal Highway) has four (4) red light cameras in succession.
- A 10-block section of East Hallandale Boulevard between South Dixie Highway and N.E. 10th Street also has four (4) red light cameras, including two within a block (S. Dixie Highway and N.E. First Street) and a right turn camera thrown in for good measure at the intersection with North Federal Highway.
- Another four cameras are located on Pines Boulevard between S.W. 119th Street and N.W. 136th Street.
- Between ritzy Bal Harbour and Surfside on Collins Avenue in Miami-Dade there are eight (8) red light cameras in what is little more than a 10-block stretch.
- Another eight (8) red light cameras can be found along South Dixie Highway between Coconut Grove and Coral Gables (SW 17th Avenue to Riviera Drive).
- Way down south in Florida City (just past the end of the Florida Turnpike, there are a four (4) red light cameras on Palm Drive N.W. 6th Avenue and N.E. 1st Avenue (S. Dixie Highway), just in case you thought your troubles would be over near the end of the state.
Palm Beach County
- A stretch of Boynton Beach Boulevard between North Congress Avenue and Seacrest Boulevard has three (3) red light cameras waiting to snap your picture on the way to the beach.
- Along popular Australian Avenue just east of I-95, there are three (3) red light cameras that lurk along the meandering road just west of downtown West Palm Beach.
Apparently, if you can make it down to the Florida Keys without getting a red light camera ticket you are in the clear as, according to Photoenforced.com, there are none listed in Monroe County. Margaritaville indeed!
That’s just a few of the highlights (or lowlights, actually) of red light camera hotspots in South Florida.
Of course, just knowing the locations of red light cameras doesn’t necessarily spare you from their wrath Give us a call at 866-374-8355 for a free consultation.