In 2008, the red light camera program was introduced to Miami Gardens, FL. In June 2014, the State Supreme Court ruled that multiple cites in Florida including, Hollywood, Aventurua, and Miami Gardens violated their authority when they created their red light programs between 2008-2010.
Red light camera programs are perceived to prevent accidents and leads to safer roads. But questions arises about whether the cameras are accomplishing their stated goal of improving driver's safety especially after a December report from the State Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. That report, which tracked 276 camera monitored intersections, said crashes actually increased by about 15% after the cameras were installed. This report highlights that the red light camera programs are more about revenue than safety. ATS, other private agencies and the City of Miami Gardens are making millions of dollars off of its citizens the fines are illegal and taken money off of the citizens in an illegal way.
In June 2014, despite this ruling the City of Miami Gardens City Counsel voted to approve two agreements with the red light program vendor Arizona based American Traffic Solutions (ATS). The agreement now gives the authority to issue potential red light violations to the city manager and not law enforcement agencies. It also states that , "ATS does not now and never has exercised discretion in deciding" on the violation. The changes come after a recent opinion was issued in a case in Broward's Fourth District Court of Appeal, City of Hollywood Vs. Arem, and stated the company ATS appeared to be making the decisions under violations. Following the Arem decision Miami Gardens and other cities, including Aventura, Margate, and Florida City has been named in class action law suits. ATS is now facing numerous Federal law suits in Federal Court including one brought by a group of five Hialeah residents.
The City of North Miami's Mayor Smith Joesph and the Mayor of Hialeah Carlos Hernandez, cancelled their cities contract with ATS and has set the precedence for standing up for its City's citizens by removing the red light camera program from its city. Now we the Citizens of Miami Gardens demand that Mayor Oliver Gilbert III and the City's Counsel remove the illegal Red Light Camera program from the City.