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.

Jacqueline was CT Mirror’s Education and Housing Reporter, and an original member of the CT Mirror staff, joining shortly before our January 2010 launch. Her awards include the best-of-show Theodore A. Driscoll Investigative Award from the Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists in 2019 for reporting on inadequate inmate health care, first-place for investigative reporting from the New England Newspaper and Press Association in 2020 for reporting on housing segregation, and two first-place awards from the National Education Writers Association in 2012. She was selected for a prestigious, year-long Propublica Local Reporting Network grant in 2019, exploring a range of affordable and low-income housing issues. Before joining CT Mirror, Jacqueline was a reporter, online editor and website developer for The Washington Post Co.’s Maryland newspaper chains. Jacqueline received an undergraduate degree in journalism from Bowling Green State University and a master’s in public policy from Trinity College.

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