A bill that would allow towns in Indiana to place cameras at
intersections to catch red-light runners passed the Senate March 2.
Sponsored by Sen. Ryan Mishler, R-Bremen, the bill would allow up to 10
cities to place cameras at stoplights as part of a pilot program. Each city
could place the cameras at up to 10 intersections deemed to pose a safety
The program would require a participating city to adopt an ordinance for
the program, which uses a stationary camera to photograph the license plate of
vehicles caught entering the intersection when the light is red. The vehicle
must be going at least 18 mph.
Police officers would review the photos before sending a citation, which
could cost offenders up to $100. The violation would not be a moving violation
and no points would be counted against a person’s license.
Signs would warn drivers about the cameras as they approach the
The bill – SB570 – hit a snag Feb. 28 when senators voted 25-23 to kill
the bill. However, the tally was one vote short of the constitutional majority
required. The second time around, senators passed the bill 31-17.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration endorses the cameras,
which are in communities in at least 15 states.
Supporters say the equipment acts as a deterrent and helps snare
red-light running drivers who otherwise might not get caught.
Opponents question the effectiveness of such intersection cameras,
arguing they have the potential to distract drivers and cause more fender-bender
Mishler’s bill now heads to the House for further