TN Senate Dems Laud Senate Transportation Cmte Passage of Red Light Camera Restrictions

Press release from the Tennessee Senate Democratic Caucus; March 18, 2015:

TRAFFIC CAMERA COMPROMISE COULD DRIVE OPERATORS OUT OF TN

Legislation would cut down accidents by extending yellow signal times

NASHVILLE – Compromise legislation passed out of the Senate Transportation Committee on Wednesday will bring Tennessee one step closer to eliminating traffic cameras, Senate Minority Leader Lee Harris said.

“Today we’re one step closer to driving red light camera operators out of Tennessee,” Senate Minority Leader Lee Harris said. “Extending yellow lights to six seconds at these intersections will cut down on accidents and spare citizens the frustrations of these frivolous tickets.”

A study by the U.S. Department of Transportation found that traffic cameras do not change so-called “angle accidents” and actually increase rear-end crashes. It concluded that cameras create public safety problems.

Senate Bill 1128, with the amendment extending yellow signal times at intersections that have cameras, advances to the full Senate after today’s vote. The House version of the bill awaits a hearing in the Finance Committee.

“This issue is not about Democrats versus Republicans or urban versus rural areas,” Sen. Harris said. “It’s about restoring credibility in government, fairness for motorists, and effectiveness to our public safety programs.”