COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. - Red light cameras are now fully legal in Florida. Just after 7 p.m. Thursday, Governor Charlie Crist signed this controversial measure into law. And now, it'll cost you more.
Many Collier County drivers who weren't happy about the red light cameras before, are now fuming.
"That's really horrible, people can't afford that, those sort of rates," one driver says.
The rates in the county currently range from $60 to $100, depending on the number of times you've been caught running a red. Now, the state has made the price $158 across the board.
"What do I think about the money? It stinks because people are out of work, a lot of people are out of work and they're going to ask for more money," another furious drive explains.
But, not everyone on the road feels that way. Some drivers like, Ivan Esteves, say the rate hike will have more people paying attention to the road. "You have to raise (it) more. It's the way people learn, you know. Don't go on a red light, that's good."
Esteves wasn't so please when I told him some of that money, which before would have stayed in the county, will now go to the state. "Now that's not good," he says.
One driver called the bill unfair and unconstitutional.
It might seem unfair to some, but this bill makes red light cameras legally legit to send you a ticket.
The state estimates they will make $30 million in the first year of legalizing the cameras. While, counties like Collier will make $10 million. The new law starts July 1st.
What is still yet to be seen, is how many counties will get the cameras now that they're legal.