Legislation to prohibit traffic enforcement cameras got a yellow light Wednesday as a House subcommittee advanced the bill, but members indicated they anticipate regulating the devices rather than banning them. Although he has concerns about the cameras, Public Safety Committee Chairman Jarad Klein, R-Keota, conceded they may serve the public interest so he’s willing to look for middle ground – something less than an outright ban, but more than the largely unregulated use of cameras to catch motorists who speed and run red lights.
Since 2009, as the traffic unit patrol staff has dwindled, the number of tickets filed each year in Denver County Court has dropped by nearly 45 percent, from about 145,000 back then to just under 80,000 in 2018, according to court data requested by The Denver Post. Over the same period, the city’s population has grown by about 20 percent. The city is relying ever more on crazy-efficient photo enforcement, in the form of red-light cameras at four intersections and roving speed-radar vans that generated nearly 173,000 mailed citations last year.
Speed cameras will soon appear on Virginia freeways under legislation that cleared the General Assembly on Wednesday. That leaves the final decision on implementing cameras to Governor Ralph Northam (D), who is currently embroiled in scandal from the discovery of his medical school yearbook photographs that show him appearing either in blackface or a Klu Klux Klan uniform. Assuming the bill obtains Northam’s signature, the state police will have the authority to set up automated speed traps in highway work zones beginning July 1.
Speed cameras are set to launch in Virginia for the first time – if only in limited form – under legislation approved by both chambers of the state General Assembly. The final version of the legislation headed for Gov. Ralph Northam’s desk only allows for handheld speed cameras used by police officers while in highway work zones. The officer’s vehicle must have its blue flashing lights activated and there must be a warning sign of the speed camera use placed within 1,000 feet of the work zone.
Maryland lawmakers have raised serious questions about the way work zone speed cameras have been monitored. A report from the state Office of Legislative Audits shows for most of 2017, Maryland’s State Highway Administration did not adequately monitor the Maryland SafeZones program vendor. Read/Watch the full article at NBC4 Washington.
The Kenner City Council put the brakes Friday (Dec. 21) on Police Chief Michael Glaser’s move to use automated cameras to ticket speeding motorists. Amid considerable public opposition, the council voted 7-0 to defer his request indefinitely. Read the full article at nola.com.
The city had, more than a decade earlier, set up an illegal speed trap in front of Thompson Ranch Elementary School on Thompson Ranch Road north of Grand Avenue. Then, years later, the city installed photo enforcement cameras in front of the school. For a period of time from late 2016 to early 2017, the city issued citations on a stretch of the road where the speed limit dropped more than 10 mph, a violation of state law.
He says the camera allows him to catch far more speeding drivers than if he turned on his lights and chased them down. That’s because he does not have to pull the drivers over: The camera snaps a picture, the computer reads the license plate and the driver gets a ticket in the mail a few days later. Read the article at WOSU Radio.
Rossford City Council Monday held the first reading of an ordinance authorizing the city to enter into an agreement with Redflex Traffic Systems Inc. of Phoenix , which would introduce handheld speed-detection cameras. Read the full article at Toledo Blade.
The camera mounts on a vehicle providing a 180-degree angle view, combining the camera, with speed and distance tracking, as well as proof the emergency lights were flashing making evidence gathering, a warning or a citation possible. Read the full article / watch the video at News 5 Cleveland.