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2011-174-1567 - Urging to Lower Automobile Insurance Premiums City of Miami Gardens Agenda Cover Memo Council Meeting Date: October 12, 2011 Item Type: (Enter X in box) Resolution Ordinance Other X Fiscal Impact: (Enter X in box) Yes No Ordinance Reading: (Enter X in box) 1st Reading 2nd Reading X Public Hearing: (Enter X in box) Yes No Yes No X Funding Source: N/A Advertising Requirement: (Enter X in box) Yes No X Contract/P.O. Required: (Enter X in box) Yes No RFP/RFQ/Bid #: X N/A Strategic Plan Related (Enter X in box) Yes No Strategic Plan Priority Area: Enhance Organizational Bus. & Economic Dev Public Safety Quality of Education Qual. of Life & City Image Communcation Strategic Plan Obj./Strategy: (list the specific objective/strategy this item will address) N/A X Sponsor Name Councilwoman Lisa Davis Department: Office of the Mayor and City Council Short Title: A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA, URGING INSURANCE COMPANIES TO PROVIDE LOWER PREMIUMS TO RESIDENTS OF JURISDICTIONS THAT HAVE IMPLEMENTED AUTOMATED RED LIGHT CAMERA SAFETY TECHNOLOGY PROGRAMS; PROVIDING FOR INSTRUCTIONS TO THE CITY CLERK; PROVIDING FOR THE ADOPTION OF REPRESENTATIONS; PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE. Staff Summary: The City of Miami Gardens has utilized red light camera safety technology since 2007 to reduce the number of vehicular collisions, fatalities and injuries caused by red traffic light violations. In 2010, the Florida Legislature expressly granted local governments the authority to utilize red light camera safety technology through the enactment of the “Mark Wandall Traffic Safety Act”. ITEM K-5) CONSENT AGENDA RESOLUTION Urging Lower Insurance Premiums 1515 NW 167 Street, Building 5 Suite 200 Miami Gardens, Florida 33169 A 2009 study conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (“2009 Study”) determined that 676 people were killed and 113,000 people were injured in crashes related to red light running; and intersection crashes account for more than 45% of all reported crashes and 21% of fatalities. The 2009 study also concluded that 62 Floridians lost their lives in crashes related to red light running, making Florida the third most deadliest state in the nation. The 2009 study also ranked Florida as the deadliest state in the nation for pedestrians and bicyclists. A 2011 study conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (“2011 Study”) concluded that automated red light safety technology saved 159 lives from 2004 to 2008 in 14 of the largest metropolitan areas in the nation. The number of jurisdictions embracing automated red light camera safety technology has ballooned from just 25 in 2000 to approximately 500 today. According to the Federal Highway Administration, the financial cost of red light running to the public has been estimated to be in excess of Fourteen Billion Dollars. Based upon the studies conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and other statistical data, Councilwoman Lisa Davis recommends that the City Council adopt the attached Resolution urging insurance providers within the State of Florida to offer reduced rates to the residents of Miami Gardens, and the residents of other jurisdictions, which utilize automated red light camera safety technology. Proposed Action: That the City Council approves the attached Resolution. Attachment: None.