California Bill Would Restrict Use of Red-Light Cameras

September 1, 2011

The state Assembly has approved restrictions on governments’ use of cameras to catch drivers who run red lights.

The bill requires that red-light cameras be used for public safety, not to generate revenue from traffic fines. It also would force governments to clearly explain how to dispute a ticket and post a warning sign within 200 feet of an intersection with the cameras.

The Assembly approved it Tuesday on a 50-3 vote.

Sen. Joe Simitian introduced SB29 after a complaint from one of his constituents. The woman told the Palo Alto Democrat that she was repeatedly notified that she had been caught on red-light cameras in Southern California, but that the photos showed a different car and driver.

The bill returns to the Senate, which approved an earlier version.

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