Red-light camera bill likely to die in Kansas

| 2/19/2003

Kansas legislators are likely to kill a bill that would allow ticket-dispensing cameras at red lights, according to a report in The Kansas City Star.

Kansas state Rep. Gary Hayzlett, R-Lakin, chairman of the House Transportation Committee, said the bill, HB2144, had few backers in the state capitol, despite support from the cities of Overland Park and Olathe – both suburbs of Kansas City, MO, and two of Kansas’ largest cities.

Opponents have said the measure is more about revenue than safety. Under the bill, fines would not exceed $100 plus court costs, and violations would not count against the driver’s license.

The Transportation Committee held a hearing on the bill Feb. 17; however, the panel has not yet voted on the measure.