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Some Conn. Legislators Backing Red Light Cameras

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — State lawmakers and advocates are resuming efforts to pass a bill allowing cities and towns the option to record drivers who blow through red lights.

Rocky Hill Rep. Antonio Guerrera joined Manchester Sen. Steve Cassano and other state officials in announcing support for the bill at a Thursday press conference.

Advocates say the red light cameras will change driver behavior and increase safety at busy intersections. Critics say it’s just a way to boost revenue and argue that fines would be mailed to the car’s owner, who may not have been driving.

Guerrera, a Democrat, said fines for motorists have yet to be decided.

Currently 24 states and the District of Columbia use red light cameras.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has previously said he will sign the legislation if it reaches his desk.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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