Doherty Introduces Bill to Eliminate Financial Incentive for Towns to Install Red Light Cameras

Legislation Directs All Red Light Camera Ticket Revenues to Highway Safety Fund

Senator Michael Doherty (R-23) has introduced legislation that eliminates the financial incentive for towns to install red light camera ticketing systems. He said the legislation will test the claims of local officials who say their only interest is the supposed safety benefits that cameras provide, not the hundreds of thousands of dollars in ticket revenues that can be produced by each camera.

“Despite growing proof that red light cameras have failed at their primary goal of improving driver safety, local officials continue to defend the cameras,” said Doherty. “It’s clear that many mayors and council members would rather have red light cameras ticket revenues for their budgets than safer roads for our families.”

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