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Red-Light Cameras Proposal Back Before Connecticut Legislature

The cameras would catch motorists who run a red light and could generate millions of dollars in revenues for the state.

A proposal to install red-light cameras in urban areas is back before the Connecticut legislature. The measure died in 2011 when the General Assembly's Judiciary Committee refused to consider it.

The latest incarnation of the proposal is HB 5554, and was submitted by Rep. Roland J. Lemar, D-New Haven. The bill states that red-light cameras could be installed in any city with a population of 48,000 or more "to increase safety by reducing the number of red light violations."

The cameras are used in other states and are credited with raising millions of dollars in revenues from fines issued to motorists.

The Connecticut bill is currently pending before the transportation committee and is awaiting a public hearing before the committee.

The measure has the backing of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, though officials in his office say the governor wants to review the proposal, according to an NBC news report.

A similar measure Lemar submitted last year died in committee after civil libertarians and others raised privacy concerns and whether red-light cameras violate individual rights.

Lynn 860-819-1001 February 21, 2013 at 01:21 PM
I am for it. People that go through red lights kill other innocent people on the roads. We had them when I lived in Arizona, and they saved a lot of lives.
Rebecca Smith February 21, 2013 at 01:58 PM
They can't identify the DRIVER! The ticket goes to the registered owner of the car! You want the bad record & points on your license & an increase in your insurance because of something your kid or spouse or sibling or friend did?! That's not right! It's the DRIVER committing the violation, not the car. And then there are issues with the providers & monitors of those cameras. I'm fine with cameras that u look at what they caught to see what really happened; e.g. which car in an accident actually had the green light, because at that point you know who was in the car--& just knowing the cameras are there as witness has an effect of making people think twice b4 going thru a yellow light. But giving a ticket to the registered owner, not the driver--NO.
downtoearth February 21, 2013 at 03:42 PM
Just Do It ! Why not test this technology out on a few major intersections around the state and see how it goes. Start by giving warnings, then tickets.

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