STATE PULLS PLUG ON RED LIGHT CAMERAS:

March 7, 2005

Pilot programs that use cameras to catch red light runners in several Virginia localities will end July 1 unless supporters of the technology can find a way to reverse action taken by a legislative committee. The House Militia, Police and Public Safety Committee rejected several bills to keep the pilot programs alive after their scheduled expiration date. Virginia Beach and six northern Virginia localities operate photo-red systems at selected intersections.

Pilot programs that use cameras to catch red light runners in several Virginia localities will end July 1 unless supporters of the technology can find a way to reverse action taken by a legislative committee. The House Militia, Police and Public Safety Committee rejected several bills to keep the pilot programs alive after their scheduled expiration date. Virginia Beach and six northern Virginia localities operate photo-red systems at selected intersections.

Proponents of the bills said the “photo-red” technology encourages voluntary compliance, reduces accidents and saves lives. Critics said the use of cameras infringes on motorists’ rights to face their accusers.

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