Governor signs bill capping red-light camera fines
Associated Press - April 4, 2009 6:05 PM ET
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Gov. Bill Richardson has signed a bill that standardizes the use of red-light cameras throughout New Mexico and gives proceeds from fines to the state.
The bill became law Saturday with Richardson's signature.
The measure caps fines at $100. Half the proceeds from fines will go to the state for a driving while intoxicated court and other judicial costs. The other half goes to cities for traffic safety programs and to pay the costs of operating the cameras.
Richardson says he signed the bill to ensure all communities in New Mexico are treated fairly and municipalities aren't hitting drivers with excessive fines.
Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Las Cruces have authorized red-light cameras.