The use of automated cameras for ticket conductors is a topic in several states across the country.
More than 500 communities across the country use red lights and / or speed cameras to stop drivers who break traffic rules, reports the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety.
Executives at the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association say the focus on revenue-generating devices ignores the more logical and reasoned approach to roads and traffic: keeping traffic as safe as possible.
Below is an overview of the state house’s recent activity on the matter.
The pursuit of radars in California was thwarted for the year.
The Golden State already allows the use of cameras at red lights. The ticketing tool is used in more than 30 regions of the state. Speed cameras are however banned in the state.
An assembly bill called for a pilot program to use speed cameras in Los Angeles, Oakland, San Jose as well as the city and county of San Francisco. The AB550 also included permission to include cameras in “a town in Southern California”.
Fines have reportedly ranged from $ 50 to $ 500 for violators exceeding station speed by more than 10 mph. No points would have been added to an offender’s license.
Supporters said using the ticket camera app tool makes travel safer. They added that it reduced police interactions with drivers while maintaining driver accountability.
The bill failed to get out of committee before the deadline for the current legislative session.
Hawaii’s legislature voted to approve a bill to allocate $ 2 million to fund a red light camera program in Honolulu.
In 2020, state lawmakers approved the use of red light cameras for the capital, but the legislation did not fully fund the program.
HB766 would allow the Hawaii Department of Transportation to install ticket cameras at 10 intersections around the city. Runners at red lights could face fines of up to $ 500.
The bill is on the governor’s desk.
A new law in Maryland covers the use of speed monitoring systems.
Previously HB967, the new law allows the display of two speed cameras on Interstate 83 in Baltimore City. One camera will be displayed northbound and one southbound on the Jones Falls Expressway.
The city already has radars and red light radars on certain roads.
Speeding warnings along the stretch of I-83 will be issued during the first 90 days of operation. Subsequently, violators could face fines of $ 40.
The revenue from the fines collected would be used to operate the cameras and improve the roadway on the Jones Falls Highway.
Natasha Mehu from the mayor’s office said speed cameras were needed.
“Traditional methods of speed control are not possible on I-83 in the city of Baltimore due to the existing width of the road shoulders, the inability to widen the shoulders due to fiscal constraints and technical and resource issues of the Baltimore Police Department, ”Mehu wrote in testimony.
Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker is behind a bill to add cameras to red lights in the state.
The camera provision is part of a larger road safety bill, H3706.
Towns and villages would be allowed to install cameras at intersections. Before the cameras can be displayed, interested communities must hold public hearings and seek approval from local boards.
Runners at red lights would face a fine of $ 25.
Three other bills limit their attention to authorizing cameras at red lights.
In New York City, both state houses voted last week to approve a bill allowing the state to move forward with installing speed cameras in construction areas.
Data from the New York State Department of Transportation shows that over a seven-year period, there were 3,450 wrecks in work areas on state highways. There have been 50 fatalities and over 1,100 injuries among drivers and workers.
“Stricter enforcement of speed in work areas has the potential to dramatically reduce the incidence of motorist and worker fatalities while shaping better overall motorist behavior,” wrote Assembly Member William Magnarelli, D-Syracuse, to justify the change.
Bill, A485, is now heading to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office.
An Oregon Governor’s Office bill would make Portland’s speed camera program permanent.
There are 11 cities in Oregon, including Portland, where photo radar is permitted on road segments. Police are required to investigate potential infractions. Tickets are issued for violators exceeding the posted speed by more than 10 mph.
The Legislature sent a bill to Governor Kate Brown to remove the 2024 expiration date for the City of Portland’s program.
In addition, HB2530 would extend the authorization of speed cameras to all cities with at least 50,000 inhabitants. The change would affect about a dozen locales.
Ticket cameras would only be permitted in areas designated as “high-collision urban corridors”. The classification would cover areas designated as a safety risk by the Oregon Department of Transportation. LL
More state trends
Keith Goble, state legislative editor for Land Line Media, follows many trends among state houses across the United States. Here are some recent articles from him.