Red-light cameras hit a roadblock

A proposal allowing towns to install red-light cameras has hit a roadblock, with leaders of the Judiciary Committee deciding they will not bring the bill up for a vote.

“We decided this wasn’t the time,”  said Rep. Gerald Fox, D-Stamford and co-chairman of the committee. “The Democratic [legislators] position was diverse enough to not bring it up.”

Fox said the opposition from both sides of the aisle resulted from “how effective” the cameras would be and “the idea of big brother watching you.”

The bill would have allowed the 13 towns with populations whose population is more than 60,000 to install red light cameras. The legislature’s non-partisan budget office estimated the cameras would result in up to 40 tickets a day being issued at each intersection, which would bring in up to $1.6 million for towns for each camera.