Some Conn. Legislators Backing Red Light Cameras

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.

  • Mad MaxtaxstateCT

    While the red light violation fine revenues may help offset local property taxes, I fear the additional revenue, which should reduce state aid to towns, will be interpreted by our liberal politicians as ‘funds belonging to the slate’ rather than taxpayers. And those savings will then be spent on boondoggles by our financially reckless legislators and Executive Orderer Mumblloy..

  • carrie

    Here, here, Max!

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