Connecticut Traffic Camera Bill Passes Second Committee Vote

April 18, 2012

A bill that would allow cities to place traffic cameras at busy intersections and record drivers who run red lights has passed another hurdle in the state legislature.

Members of the General Assembly’s Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee voted 31 to 19 in favor of the bill Monday afternoon.

It would give cities with more than 48,000 residents the option to install cameras as early as October. The cameras would be placed at traffic intersections to record and ultimately fine drivers who run red lights.

Bill supporters say installing the cameras will increase safety and modify driving behavior. Opponents say studies show cameras lead to more accidents as drivers stop to avoid being fined.

Members of the General Assembly’s Transportation Committee voted last month in favor of the bill.

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