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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.

Twenty five years in Branford February 20, 2013 at 05:45 PM
Instead of spending money on these cameras, how about enforcing the cell phone laws!! I would guestimate that 50% of drivers are behind the wheel while on their phone. No warning...just ticket. I'm sure more revenue would be generated this way. Pay attention or get off the road.
lennyhoward February 20, 2013 at 07:17 PM
these cameras are also known to increase rear-end accidents as people stop short to avoid a ticket. They do nothing positive for the average citizen. Just another example of govt invading our lives
JR Smith February 20, 2013 at 11:39 PM
Any measure of general public surveillance should be STRONGLY resisted. It is an infringement on the Liberty that is guaranteed by our Constitution. The Government has no business being able to sit in some control (key word and concept IS control) center and watch us going about our personal, private business. As it is, I enjoy flipping the old 'bird' to the cameras mounted at all the intersections in New Haven.
James February 21, 2013 at 09:17 AM
Cameras are a good Idea as not long ago some fool ran a red light totaled my car and then decided to take off but the camera caught it all. Also the people in CT hardly slow down for right on red any more much less come to a complete stop as required by law If they are going to issue red light tickets by camera they need to set rules as to the timing so the drivers don't have to slam on breaks to avoid tickets because of quick lights
SolarPete February 21, 2013 at 12:54 PM
WE have them down here in Florida and the reason y they installed them was to stop folk from running red lights the real reason was money. Towns and cities make a lot of money now the state wants to outlaw them as they seem to cause more accidents Yes the runners are down but the rear ends are up and like me I avoid the lights as much as possible cause I've seen too many tourists not knowing they are there run it and cause harm.
Vera Guibbory February 21, 2013 at 06:20 PM
Are we talking public safety or money? I agree the police need to crack down on cell phone use, this would accomplish both agendas!

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