Mass. Lawmakers Considering Red Light Camera Bill

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Massachusetts lawmakers are expected to debate and vote on legislation next Thursday that would allow municipalities to incorporate red light cameras to catch impatient drivers.

Under the proposed bill, there would be a $25 dollar fine for a driver that fails to stop for a red light, makes a right turn on red where it is not allowed, exceeds the speed limit, passes a school bus when its warning signals are activated, blocks an intersection, or uses a bus lane unless otherwise authorized.

Cities and towns in Massachusetts would be able to choose whether or not to incorporate the cameras. And only one automated camera would be allowed for every 2,500 residents.

Opinions among residents appear to be mixed.

"People run red lights all the time. They've got to do something to change it," one resident said.

"That might be going a little too far. It's a little too much surveillance," another resident said.

WBZ NewsRadio's James Rojas (@JamesRojasWBZ) reports

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