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Proposal For Red Light Cameras

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Officials from some of Connecticut’s big cities want to use cameras installed at busy intersections to catch scofflaws who blow through red lights.

Sen. John Fonfara, a Democrat from Hartford, told members of the Transportation Committee on Monday that cities are allowed to install cameras but the video cannot be used as evidence to pursue someone criminally who breaks the law.

Fonfara says large cities such as Hartford, where the police received about 244,000 calls for service last year, do not always have the manpower to patrol intersections and pursue red-light-runners. He says the cameras will help police go after violators but also serve as a deterrent.

New Haven Police Chief Frank Limon also backs the bill. He says more than 500 cities use the cameras.

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