South Carolina senator pushes for traffic cameras

| Monday, August 16, 2004

A state lawmaker is renewing his effort to allow South Carolina law enforcement officers to ticket drivers running red lights by using pictures taken with cameras on traffic signals.

Such cameras have been in use at three Charleston, SC, intersections for several years, but the city has no way to send enforceable citations to offending drivers, The Associated Press reported.

State Sen. Scott Richardson, R-Hilton Head, has announced that when the lawmakers reconvene at the Capitol in January he plans to introduce a bill that will clear the way for local governments to send out citations based on traffic camera images.

Richardson said the law is not an invasion of privacy because cameras already take pictures at nearly all ATMs, banks and convenience stores.

The fine for running a red light in South Carolina is $232.

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