BROOKSVILLE - More than 100 signatures were collected Tuesday morning for a petition to put a red-light camera referendum on next year's ballot.
Opponents stood on Howell Avenue and Fort Dade Avenue, waving signs that read "Cameras are highway robbery" and "Honk if you hate the cameras." Plenty of motorists did so in solidarity.
"This is ridiculous," said Bruce Cameron, head of the Hernando County Tea Party and country resident since 1979.
Cameron said the red-light cameras are causing crashes and taking away from local businesses because people bypass Brooksville, fearing a $158 ticket.
Cameron said he recently talked to a delivery driver who received multiple tickets in the same day.
"It will take him three days of work to make that money up," Cameron said.
The rally was organized by Pat and Shirley Miketinac, local opponents of the cameras. Shirley Miketinac said later Tuesday the 30 volunteers collected about 100 signatures.
Shirley Miketinac previously told Hernando Today 477 Brooksville resident signatures are needed by May 19, 2014, to put the red-light camera issue on the November 2014 ballot.
Petitions are available at local businesses, including Weeks Hardware, Main Street Eatery, WWJB, Osmond Printing and Green World Path, as well as County Commissioner Jim Adkins' office.
City council members Frankie Burnett and Joe Bernardini have signed petitions, according to Shirley Miketinac.