Charlotte speed-radar bill advances to governor

| 6/20/2003

The North Carolina House has given final approval to legislation that would authorize the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department the use of cameras to ticket drivers who run red lights.

House lawmakers gave final approval for the bill with a 71-37 vote June 17. HB562, which previously passed the Senate, now heads to Gov. Mike Easley for his signature.

Under the three-year pilot program, police would be allowed to rig the automatic cameras on 14 of Charlotte’s deadliest roadways, Winston-Salem’s WXII TV reported.

The photo radar, which is a combination camera and radar gun that documents a vehicle’s speed and tags, snaps pictures of red light runners and sends them tickets in the mail. Violators would be fined $50 but would receive no driver’s license or insurance points.