Michigan lawmaker pursues red-light cameras

| 8/4/2003

A Michigan state representative has introduced legislation to permit municipalities to set up cameras on select roadways as a deterrent to red-light runners.

Under HB4864, sponsored by Rep. Jack Minore, D-Flint, police could use cameras for enforcement of traffic signals at 10 problem intersections statewide.

With new authority, a red-light running vehicle's license plate number would be captured on camera. Police officers would then mail tickets to the vehicle's owner.

For the first 60 days, red-light runners would receive a warning only. Afterward, violators would be fined.

Camera-wielding municipalities would be required to post a sign at the intersection indicating that it is photo monitored, Minore wrote.

The bill is in the House Transportation Committee.