Personal Reason A Florida Lawmaker Wants To Ban Red-Light Cameras?
Daphne Campbell, a Democratic state representative in Florida, said she had the best interests of her constituents in mind when she sponsored a bill that would outlaw red-light cameras in Florida. "My constituents complained and the people are hurting," she tells the Miami Herald.
It seems her interests are potentially also personal.
One of her most prominent constituents, her husband, Hubert, has racked up five red-light camera violations in recent years in the family's Honda Odyssey. Three have been paid. Two remain unpaid, according to records obtained from American Traffic Solutions, the Scottsdale, Ariz. Company that provides cameras and has preserved video footage of the Campbell family minivan in action.
Two of the videos show the car – with a Campbell campaign sticker on the bumper – making "reckless" turns at red lights. The Herald viewed footage of the van "blowing through" red lights, but Campbell denied the charges.
When contacted by the newspaper, she said the story is "a lie." "That camera is a made-up story," she said. "You can do anything with the computer now."
Mon Feb 18 2013 16:57:12 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)