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Red Light Cameras Measure Dies In Committee

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ A bill has been allowed to die that would have permitted larger cities in Connecticut to use cameras to catch motorists who blow through red lights at intersections.

The General Assembly’s Judiciary Committee on Tuesday failed to call the legislation up for a vote. Rep. Gerald Fox, the committee’s co-chairman, told The Hartford Courant that proponents of the bill questioned whether there’s enough support for the proposal.

The bill authorizes cities with populations of 60,000 or more to implement red-light-camera programs. Violators would face fines of at least $124.

Sen. John Fonfara of Hartford said current law allows cities to install the cameras but the video cannot be used as evidence to pursue criminal charges.

It’s questionable whether the bill will be offered as an amendment later in the session.

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