The topic of whether to allow automated cameras to be posted
at intersections in Hawaii is expected to draw discussion during the
legislative session that begins Wednesday, Jan. 17.
House Transportation Committee Chairman Rep. Joe Souki,
D-Maui, said he will introduce a bill to authorize photo enforcement at traffic
signals where there are many fatalities, The
Honolulu Star-Bulletin reported.
The cameras would snap pictures of red-light runners' or
speeders' vehicles and license plates, as well as their faces. Tickets would be
mailed to the vehicles' owners.
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
A study paid for by the U.S. Department of Transportation
showed rear-end crashes actually increased in cities with red-light cameras, as
motorists stopped abruptly at yellow lights to avoid tickets.