Provisions of Senate bill
Posted: Wednesday, April 21, 2010 8:02 pm
NASHVILLE (AP) — Key provisions in traffic camera compromise legislation:
• A certified police officer must review evidence from traffic camera and issue citation. Current law only requires an “employee” of the law enforcement agency.
• Contracts with camera enforcement companies cannot run longer than four years and all contracts must be reviewed by the state Comptroller’s Office with operations subject to audit.
• An engineering study is required before putting up cameras.
• New locations for traffic cameras must be approved by the local governing body.
• In the case of red-light cameras, vehicles cannot be photographed and ticketed until at least a half-second of red-light display time has passed. Each intersection has to have a white line and a “stop here on red” sign. To be ticketed, a vehicle must have a rear tire pass the stop line.
• Signs warning of the cameras must be posted at designated distances and in established sizes. Current law just requires a sign without specifics on size or distance.
• Requires cities and counties to make locations of traffic cameras available on local government Web sites. A statewide list will be available on the state comptroller’s website.
Published in The Messenger 4.21.10