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Libertarians plan statewide protest Tuesday over red light cameras



Libertarian and tea party groups across Florida on Tuesday plan to protest red light cameras, hoping to rally public support for a bill before the Legislature that would ban their use.

The cameras are controversial but continue to find a way into communities across the state. On Thursday, the Tampa City Council voted them in, along with a $158 ticket.

Critics contend they create accidents and violate the Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. But advocates say they increase safety. "It's behavior modification," Hillsborough sheriff's Col. Greg Brown told the St. Petersburg Times in December. "It changes drivers' habits, and it's able to cover an intersection 24 hours a day, seven days a week."

The protests are being planned by the Campaign for Liberty, the Libertarian Party of Florida, the Republican Liberty Caucus, Florida Civil Rights Association, the 1787 Radio Network, and several local tea party and 9/12 groups. Locations below.

Dale Mabry and Waters Avenue, Tampa
US 19 and Ridge Road, New Port Richey
Old Capitol Museum, Tallahassee
Conroy Rd and Vineland RD, Orlando
SR A1A & SR 520, Brevard, Cocoa Beach
Minton Rd & Palm Bay Rd, Palm Bay
Corner of Pine Ridge Road and US41, Naples
Spring Hill Drive and Mariner Blvd, Spring Hill
A1A and 520 and Eau Gallie and US1, Brevard County

[Last modified: Monday, April 11, 2011 11:36am]


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