Bill to allow red light cameras passes Senate

Posted by Sarah Harlan - email

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Indiana drivers thinking about running a red light may want to think twice - or at least smile for the camera.

The Senate has passed a bill to allow cities and towns to install cameras at intersections to catch drivers running red lights.

The red-light cameras would photograph rear license plates.

Drivers could be fined up to $100 for a violation.

Supporters say the devices can help save lives while allowing police officers to focus on more serious crimes.

Opponents call the cameras an invasion of privacy and say drivers slamming on the brakes to avoid being photographed may cause more rear-end collisions.

The bill now moves to the Democrat-controlled House for consideration.

Similar measures have passed the Senate before but have never cleared both chambers.

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