Veto of Red-Light Cameras Urged

From today's Metro section:

The Fairfax County Privacy Council is urging Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D) to veto legislation that would allow communities with 10,000 or more residents to install cameras to catch drivers who run red lights.
theyeofsauron.JPG A red light camera in use at Chainbridge Rd and Lee Highway during the 2005 pilot program. (Larry Morris)

The red-light camera program would replace an experiment that ended in 2005 in Alexandria, Fairfax City, Falls Church, Vienna and Virginia Beach and Arlington and Fairfax counties.

Safety advocates say red light cameras reduce accidents and aggressive driving, but privacy groups have raised concerns about personal liberties. In an e-mail alert sent to members and supporters yesterday, the Fairfax privacy group said red-light cameras violate the rights of drivers and contribute to rear-end collisions.

-- Eric M. Weiss

By Focus on Fairfax |  March 9, 2007; 10:08 AM ET  | Category:  Government , Traffic , Transportation
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