Police can’t be everywhere and that is one of the arguments behind a proposal to put cameras at red lights. Under the plan, as person runs a red light, his or her license plate would be simultaneously photographed and that offender would later get a ticket in the mail. The hope is, the fear of being caught on camera would be a deterrent to people who speed through red lights, while making the roads safer. Sounds simple, right?
Not so fast. There are several issues when it comes to red light cameras, and that’s why the proposal has failed at the state capitol before.
1. Why couldn’t the cameras be used to catch another crime being committed?
2. What if the owner of the car isn’t driving?
3. Isn’t it an invasion or privacy?
This Sunday on Face the State we’ll talk with State Representative Tony Guerrera, Chariman of Transportation Committee, about the pros and cons of such a measure. We’ll also talk with New Haven Alderman Doug Hausladen, who is fighting for the cameras for his city.
You can watch the entire interview this Sunday morning at 11 on Face the State only on Channel 3. Here is the video of the interview: http://www.wfsb.com/video?autoStart=true&topVideoCatNo=default&clipId=6658691