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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 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.

Angela February 21, 2013 at 12:41 PM
Robert, Where did you find the information about Senator Witkos pushing anti 2nd gun ownerships? I know that he is pro-2nd, so this is hard to believe.
Midtown Lifer February 21, 2013 at 12:46 PM
Setting aside the completely valid Big Brother issues; these systems just don't work. The companies promise politicians oodles of found money and they take the bait. What happens is that the systems make a little money at first but then the lawsuits start, revenues never materialize and ultimately the systems are removed and the state (or municipality as is usually the case) has wasted a lot of resources. This cycle has happened all over the county. Don't believe the promises and always remember that traffic fines are simply another tax!
Adam February 21, 2013 at 01:45 PM
Zero due process when it comes to these cameras. You have no opportunity to explain to a police officer the unique circumstances (ice, right on red, large truck in front of you, sun in your eyes, emergency situation, etc.) that would sway anyone with an ounce of common sense. I will make it my goal to un-elect any politician from Avon who votes for these ridiculous devices, which, by the way, INCREASE the number of auto accidents and therefore are a drain on resources and a threat to human safety.
diane carney February 21, 2013 at 09:02 PM
In all the comments above, only one barely touched on the basic reason for red light cameras in the first place, which is the fact that too many drivers run red lights and either kill or maim innocent people. All I'm reading is the typical whining from people about their "rights". What about the rights of the people who are driving along, obeying the law, and get killed by these idiots? Running a red light is against the law, plain and simple. If you do it, you should recieve a ticket. Since we can't afford to have police on every corner,cameras are the next best thing.
Bob Rodman February 22, 2013 at 12:56 PM
Describing the Red Light Camera as a money maker is probably a mistake by Rep Lemar. It is a safety issue. While there are weaknesses such as not knowng who is driving the car and allegations of abusive practices, the camera catches irresponsible driving. As a driving instructor, if you state that you have to go through a light because you want to avoid being rear ended, then I am going to tell you that either you are (1) runing a yellow light and (2) you are going too fast. Compliaining about being ticketed for going through a red light is foolish. The practice is dangerous. In addition the most frequent violation is failure to fully stop at a red light before making a right turn. When a traffic light turns yellow, it does not mean jump on the gas and rush the intersection. It means stop.

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