The Virginia Senate has approved a bill that would allow localities to
use cameras to catch red-light runners.
Senators voted 30-9 Wednesday, Feb. 1, to advance a bill – SB453 – that
would bring back the cameras at selected intersections in Virginia Beach and
some northern Virginia cities.
The General Assembly pulled the plug on the pilot program last July
after critics argued that they infringed on privacy rights and caused rear-end
Virginia Beach is the only city that continues to
collect data from the cameras, though no tickets are issued from the
information, The Virginian-Pilot reported.
The bill’s next stop is the House where it is sure to face steep
There, a five-member panel of the House Militia, Police and Public
Safety Committee voted Thursday, Feb. 2, to reject two measures to bring back
the “photo red” program. Another failed effort called for taking the program
Lawmakers voiced concerns that the cameras infringed on motorists’ rights to face their accusers.
Sponsors of the legislation tried to alleviate the concern with
provisions that would allow vehicle owners to notify courts if they were not
behind the wheel at the time of the incident. They also specified that license
demerit points would not be assessed and that insurance companies would not be