TN Lawmaker Wants to Outlaw Speeding and Red Light Cameras

CHATTANOOGA, TN (WDEF) – If one Tennessee lawmaker has it his way, there wouldn’t be a single speeding or red-light camera in the state.

Republican Andy Holt says he plans to file legislation that seeks to ban these devices.

A lot of people we caught up with were on board.

Adrian Sima, a resident, says, "I like them being banned. I don’t think it’s fair they sneak us and it to us."

Asjiv Doreswamy adds, "It does, it does sneak up on you."

Yes, tickets come in the mail and they range from $50 to $100.

Doreswamy says, "It does save lives, that’s been proven.  However, there’s no due process involved with it because once you get a ticket you gotta pay. They give you a picture. Hey, you gotta pay."

Andy Holt says a lot of his colleagues will support his legislation because of businesses.

They’re complaining people are avoiding areas where the cameras are, and it’s hurting their bottom line.

Doreswamy adds, "And how much money are these companies getting for the cameras? How much profit are they making off the citizens of Chattanooga?"

Red Bank and red light cameras used to go hand in hand.

However, two years ago the city did away with them, and you probably won’t see them back by popular demand.

Actually, a recent survey by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says other communities are following suit.

The number of cities that use these devices has fallen 13 percent since the end of 2012.

There’s no word on when the proposed legislation will be written.

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