Red light camera ban awaits governor's signature

2014-03-10T21:00:00Z Red light camera ban awaits governor's signatureBob Mercer Journal correspondent Rapid City Journal
March 10, 2014 9:00 pm  • 

PIERRE | State and local governments in South Dakota would be prohibited from contracting with any private company for red light traffic camera services under a measure that received final legislative approval Monday.

The House of Representatives voted 64-6 in favor. HB 1100 now heads to Gov. Dennis Daugaard for his decision on whether to sign it into law.

The prime sponsor is Rep. Peggy Gibson, D-Huron. She said a government could still spend “millions of dollars” for its own device if there was support.

The House passed a previous version of her bill 69-1 that sought to ban governments from using photo devices for speeding and red light violations. But a Senate committee blocked it.

Sen. Ryan Maher, R-Isabel, revived the bill through several parliamentary maneuvers to restrict the legislation’s scope to only red lights and to ban only the contracts.

The Senate voted 26-9 for Maher’s limited version last week.

Rep. Tona Rozum, R-Mitchell, was the only vote against Gibson’s original bill in the House. She questioned again Monday whether the ban is needed because no one is using a traffic camera to issue tickets in South Dakota.

Gibson said there is a lawsuit pending over the red light camera that was previously used in Sioux Falls.

That didn’t deter Rozum. “I think we have a solution that is sort of searching around the corners for a problem to pop up,” he said.

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    peppermint1900 - March 11, 2014 9:38 am
    I think they need red light cameras. There are so many people that run red lights it isn't safe to even venture out into the intersection when the light turns green for you to go. I have seen people speed up to run a red light. What is it going to take before the cities finally take some kind of action. I have even seen patrol cars run the red light. The people that are voting against the traffic cameras are probably some that are guilty of running the light.
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