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Brandes rejects highway cams to snare speeders

Senate Transportation Chairman Jeff Brandes, a St. Petersburg Republican who has long opposed local governments using red-light cameras, this week said he’ll block any effort to use fixed electric eyes to nab highway speeders.

As Brandes’ committee heard a presentation Thursday, Sen. Greg Evers, R-Baker, asked Florida Department of Transportation official Mark Reichert if cameras installed for safety along Interstate 10 could ever be used to crack down on speeders.

Reichert replied that the department hasn’t had such discussions.

“I know some states up in the Northeast are looking into that,” Reichert said. “The discussions, as far as I’m aware, have not been taking place in Florida.”

As Evers appeared ready to press the issue, Brandes cut into the conversation.

“Let me put your heart at rest: Not while I’m chair,” Brandes declared.

Last year, Brandes backed a bill – eventually vetoed by Gov. Rick Scott – that would have allowed speed limits to be increased on state highways.

Brandes also has attempted legislation focused on repealing the state’s red-light camera law.