Va. Subcommittee Kills 'Photo Red' Bills
Feb 2nd - 11:59am
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A General Assembly subcommittee Thursday killed bills allowing localities to use cameras to catch red-light runners.
Six northern Virginia localities and Virginia Beach operated so-called "photo red" pilot projects until the General Assembly allowed the programs to expire last summer. Two legislators sponsored bills to reinstate the projects in those localities, and one proposed taking the program statewide.
Supporters of the bill argued that photo red enforcement saves lives by reducing crashes. Opponents argued that the project violates due process rights by assuming that the owner of the car is the one who ran the red light.
The subcommittee of the House Militia, Police and Public Safety Committee voted 3-1 to kill all three bills. House rules were changed this year to allow subcommittees to kill legislation outright rather than make that recommendation to the full committee.
On another matter, the subcommittee recommended approval of a bill allowing motorcyclists 21 and older to ride without a helmet.