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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.

Bill Eccles February 20, 2013 at 07:51 PM
This is clearly a move to raise money for Connecticut's cities. Red light cameras have been shown to be ineffective and dangerous with many jurisdictions' removing them after accident rates actually increased at monitored intersections. Unless the legislature can prove that it's not about the almighty buck by, for example, donating all of the raised funds to NGOs, I'm not ready for this Orwellian measure to be installed anywhere in Connecticut.
Spiff February 20, 2013 at 09:39 PM
Yes, Bill, it's all about the revenue, nothing more, nothing less. If they were actually really concerned with reducing traffic accidents at intersections, they'd have a cop directing traffic. The potential for misuse is too great to outweigh any benefit.
Tina Abell February 21, 2013 at 01:56 PM
they should invest in road repairs, if this is to raise $$ I would rather see one or two tolls which are also dangerous.

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