Conn. Red Light Camera Bill Passes Committee
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A bill allowing Connecticut cities the option of placing traffic cameras at busy intersections to record drivers who run red lights is gaining momentum in the state legislature.
Members of the General Assembly's Transportation Committee voted 26-to-11 in favor of the bill Wednesday.
The bill would give cities with more than 48,000 people the option to install the cameras, as early as October. It currently awaits legislative action in the House of Representatives.
Bill supporters say installing the cameras will increase safety and modify driving behavior in Connecticut. Opponents say traffic camera studies show they lead to more accidents, as drivers slam on their brakes to avoid being fined.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has said he supports the idea of the cameras.