An effort to green
light South Carolina’s largest cities to install cameras at traffic lights to
catch those running red lights is likely dead.
The bill failed to
meet a May 1 deadline to pass the Senate. Now it will take a two-thirds vote in
favor to restart the bill. It passed the Senate Transportation Committee in
Sponsored by Sen.
Scott Richardson, R-Hilton Head Island, S40 would apply to cities with a
population of 20,000 or more.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration endorses
the cameras, which are in communities in 20 states and the District of Columbia
with still other states pursuing similar authorization.
Supporters say the equipment acts as a deterrent and helps
snare red-light-running drivers who otherwise might not get caught.
But some question the effectiveness of such intersection
cameras, arguing they have the potential to distract drivers and cause more
The cameras snap pictures of red-light runners or speeders.
A ticket is mailed to the vehicle owner after authorities review photos.
The bill would fine violators up to $100. No points would be
added to offenders’ licenses and their insurance companies would not be