The latest attempt to let police use automatic cameras to catch traffic violators in Indiana appears dead for the year at the statehouse.
Legislators have balked for years at authorizing cameras to catch red-light runners. Representative Ed Soliday’s bill would have allowed cameras only for what he says are two particularly dangerous violations: speeding through work zones, and passing a school bus.
But Soliday pulled the bill off the floor on the last day for a vote in the House. Soliday says he believes he had enough votes to pass the bill, but says there’s significant opposition. And he says he doesn’t feel the objections are concrete enough to allow an adequate effort to address them.
One source of opposition is the size of the fine for violations: 250-to-a-thousand dollars. Soliday says the fine needs to be high enough to discourage violators, but not so high that it looks like a money grab. The proposal could still be amended into another bill, but Soliday says he doesn’t plan to attempt that.