Connecticut Governor Backs Cameras to Catch Red-Light Runners

January 12, 2012

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is giving qualified support for a renewed effort in the legislature to install cameras to catch motorists who run red lights.

The Connecticut Post and Republican American report Malloy told reporters Tuesday that technology should be used to change driving habits and not hit motorists with high fines or add points to their driving records leading to higher car insurance premiums.

New Haven officials, including state Sen. Martin M. Looney, the Senate majority leader, are trying to change state law to allow cameras to catch red light runners.

The American Civil Liberties Union helped defeat the proposal last year. The group said tickets are mailed to the vehicle owner who may not have driven it and that motorists lose the opportunity to explain special circumstances to a ticketing officer.

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