Legislators Leave Door Open for Cameras That Catch Speeders

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Tennessee lawmakers indicate they're not likely to close the door to cities mounting cameras to catch speeders.

The joint House-Senate Transportation Study Committee yesterday heard a report on Chattanooga's use of cameras to ticket motorists who speed.

The Knoxville News Sentinel reports that before the meeting, House committee chairman Phillip Pinion of Union City and Senate committee chairman Jim Tracy of Shelbyville had said they were considering bills that would bar local government from using cameras to enforce speed limits.

After the meeting, both chairman say they're now inclined to leave that decision up to local governments, but say they still favor a ban on cities and counties trying to enforce interstate highway limits by using cameras.

While several cities use cameras to catch drivers running red lights, Chattanooga mounted a camera in June to enforce the 40 mile per hour speed limit on a dangerous stretch of road.

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