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Palo Alto Lawmaker’s Bill Would Restrict Use Of Red-Light Cameras

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SACRAMENTO (CBS / AP) — The state Senate has approved restrictions on governments’ use of traffic cameras to catch drivers who run red lights.

The bill by Sen. Joseph Simitian, a Democrat from Palo Alto, requires that red-light cameras be used for public safety, not to generate revenue from traffic fines.

It also requires local governments to post warning signs within 200 feet of an intersection with cameras. SB1303 also requires the governments and private companies providing the cameras to file an annual report with the state, detailing what kind of violations were captured by the cameras.

The measure passed unanimously Thursday and now goes to the Assembly.

This is Simitian’s second try to restrict the cameras. Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a similar bill last year, saying the programs should be overseen by local officials.

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