Highway cams to catch
Rell floats plan to raise money
Last Edited: Monday, 09 Feb 2009, 6:16 AM EST
Created On: Monday, 09 Feb 2009, 6:04 AM EST
- By: Kent Pierce
Orange (WTNH) - Gov. Jodi Rell hopes to make Connecticut's highways safer and bring in some extra revenue by installing cameras along the highways to catch speeders.
The governor's proposed budget put aside half a million dollars for cameras that catch speeders, but the idea is the cameras will make much more money for the state.
The cameras would be able to tell how fast a car is going and then take a picture of its license plate. The owner of that car gets a speeding ticket in the mail.
The Connecticut Post reports the state could make somewhere between $13 and $20 million from the cameras in just the first year. Not a bad return on a half million dollar investment and the state sure could use the money.
There are some concerns, of course. Should the state be trying to balance its budget on the backs of drivers even if the drivers do have a lead foot? Also, cameras can't tell whether a driver is impaired and can't look inside the car for contraband. The ticket gets mailed to the car owner and he's responsible for paying it, even if a family member or friend was driving the car.
The governor tried this last year, too, and the legislature rejected the plan, but last year the state was not in the dire financial situation it's in now.
Here is video to the story - Highway cams to catch you speeding | WTNH.com