If passed, SB 29 would require that safety councils determine red-light camera locations, not by how much revenue-generating potential an intersection has. It would also require that signs be posted 200 feet before the intersection.
If a citation were given, the information would have to be provided explaining how to challenge the ticket.
The state department of finance says that SB 29 could result in a $140 million loss of revenues.
From the San Jose Mercury News:
A Changes may be coming on the use of red-light cameras. Senate Bill 29, which would establish standards for the installation and operation of cameras and make it easier to challenge tickets, passed Monday by a 36-0 vote in the Senate. The bill, written by Sen. Joe Simitian, D-Palo Alto, would:
- Require that camera locations be chosen based on safety considerations, not on potential to generate revenue.
- A traffic violation notice intended to identify the driver in a suspected violation — what is described as a “snitch ticket” when the owner of the car identifies someone else who was driving — must make clear that owners of vehicle are not required to incriminate themselves or anyone else who might have been driving the vehicle.
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