Virginia kills plan to use cameras to enforce red lights

| 1/22/2003

Virginia legislators have effectively killed a bill that would authorize the use of cameras to ticket people who run red lights, The Washington Post reported Jan. 21.

According to the Virginia General Assembly Web site, the House of Delegates voted 51-46 on Jan. 20 to send HB1696 back to committee. That move, The Post reported, effectively killed the measure for the year.

The bill’s proponents said the move to committee was designed to sidestep a vote on the measure, which was designed to promote safety.

"They didn't want to be on board to show yea or nay," Delegate Michele B. McQuigg (R-Prince William), who sponsored the bill, told The Post. "The bill wasn't treated fairly, and I don't think the people's business was treated fairly."