Red-Light Camera Bill Fails In Committee
May 03, 2011|By JON LENDER, firstname.lastname@example.org, The Hartford Courant
HARTFORD — A bill that would have enabled cities and towns to install cameras at intersections to catch red-light violators was dealt a serious and perhaps fatal setback Tuesday when the legislature's judiciary committee failed to call it for a vote.
Committee Co-Chairman Gerald Fox III, a Democratic representative from Stamford, said the decision not to vote came after discussions with proponents who doubted that they had enough support for the controversial measure about which questions of effectiveness and civil liberties had been raised.
The bill would have allowed municipalities with populations of more than 60,000 to use cameras to take pictures of the license plates of cars running red lights and send their owners tickets fining them at least $124 per violation. Similar bills had failed in recent years, but this one had won the approval of two legislative committees so far.