Could red light camera ban pass state legislature next year?

Red Light Camera Ban
Posted at 11:00 PM, Jul 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-11 00:00:06-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — A state lawmaker made headlines three years ago by taking a red light camera citation he got in the mail and burning it on camera.

Since then, state Rep Andy Holt (R-Dresden) has pushed for restrictions on those cameras in Tennessee -- but now he's calling for an all-out ban.

More cities across the country have banned red-light traffic cameras in the last few years, and the entire state of Texas banned them this year.

Now, Holt says he'll file legislation to do the same in Tennessee.

Proponents of red light cameras say they cut down on T-bone crashes at intersections, putting safety first.

But Holt says he thinks cities use the cameras to put money first -- brought in from red-light citations.

"In essence, the company will come in and train an engineer to, say, reduce the amber light length to this amount, and you'll see this much increase in the revenue associated with this intersection," said Holt.