LANSING (WWJ/AP) – Michigan’s local governments would have the option to put cameras at intersections to spot drivers running red lights under proposed legislation in the state House.
A measure recently introduced by Republican Rep. Wayne Schmidt of Traverse City would give local communities the power to put cameras in place.
“This legislation will give more local control to our municipalities while offering a safer environment for the people who live in these communities,” he said in a statement.
The bill has gained the support of local law enforcement officials, who say the cameras will act as an extra deterrent to prevent drivers from committing traffic violations.
Under the bill, city leaders would have the option to install the cameras at only the most dangerous intersections. Communities would also have to put up a sign within 500 feet of the intersection to warn motorists about the camera.
Drivers caught on the cameras would be sent a ticket once local police have reviewed the incident. A fine of $130 or less would then be issued by the local government.
Any citations written because of the red-light cameras would only be a civil infraction and would not count on a driver’s record or against their insurance.
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