February 1, 2007
The Transportation Committee voted 19-2 to send a measure to the floor that would allow cameras to be used for traffic light enforcement statewide.
Pilot programs in northern Virginia and in Virginia Beach that used cameras on traffic lights expired on July 1, 2005. A different House Committee had rejected several other measures to reinstate that program.
The program takes pictures of cars that run lights at certain busy intersections. The license plate number is then used to identify the car's owner, who then gets a ticket in the mail.
Supporters of the technology say that it encourages people to follow the law and that it saves lives by reducing collisions. Critics say that the use of cameras is an invasion of privacy.