HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Hartford officials are joining New Haven in urging the Connecticut General Assembly to legalize cameras at traffic lights to catch red light runners.

The Hartford Courant reports that Mayor Pedro Segarra and Democratic state Sen. John Fonfara of Hartford backed the effort Thursday. Segarra said the cameras will save lives by deterring motorists from trying to beat red lights.

Democratic office-holders and activists in New Haven have started a new round of lobbying to pass the law, which has failed in the past.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says he’ll sign the legislation if it reaches his desk.

Critics say officials are pushing for cameras to boost revenue from fines that are imposed. Civil liberties groups say tickets are mailed to the car’s owner who may not have driven the car.
Information from: The Hartford Courant, http://www.courant.com

     (Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

  1. Perry Masonjar says:

    License plates used by ILLEGAL aliens on stolen cars are also stolen. Will the owners who reported their plates as stolen be sent tickets if the plates are on a car that violates a law and is photographed by the cameras? Will police immediately stop the violators, who may be ILLEGAL aliens? Will the ILLEGAL aliens stopped by police in these cities be released or arrested? Will pedestrians be visible in these cameras? This is a system ripe for abuse by politicians, against US citizens and political opponents.

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