Fairness Proposed for Red Light Runners

Sunday, May 30, 2010  |  Updated 9:00 AM PDT
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Fairness Proposed for Red Light Runners

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A Bay Area lawmaker wants to lower the fines drivers must pay when traffic cameras catch them making an illegal right turn at a red light.
     
Just last week Assemblyman Jerry Hill introduced legislation that would reduce the fine for that traffic violation from about $450 to $250.

Currently, drivers caught on camera making illegal right turns face the same fine as motorists who run a red light through an intersection.

The Democrat from San Mateo says he wants to lower the fines because, in his words, "the punishment should fit the crime."

But in some cities, the majority of tickets from traffic cameras come from right-turn violations, so decreasing the fine could result in a loss of government revenue.

Hill's proposed law will head to its first Assembly committee in June.

 

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