MN Red Light Camera Bill Shot Down By Senate Committe

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013 at 12:31 pm

A Minnesota Senate committee has rejected a proposal to install cameras at high-traffic intersections to catch red-light runners.

The Senate Transportation and Public Safety Committee voted the bill down 9-6 Monday. The Star Tribune reports a second vote was held to advance the bill without recommending that it pass; that vote failed 8-7.

The legislation would establish requirements that cities using the cameras link a driver to a vehicle blasting through an intersection using clear photographic evidence.

Republican Sen. John Pederson’s bill includes limits on data retention and would require cities to clearly post signs at intersections where the cameras would be used.

A companion House bill stalled last week but the Associated Press reports it could still be introduced later.

Minneapolis had red-light cameras for a few years before the state courts invalidated the city’s camera program.

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