We must admit that we have never received a picture in the mail detailing at which intersection and at what speed we were traveling when we ran a red light. We don’t think that experiencing that could harbor any good feelings towards the little electronic snitches mounted on poles along the very same roads where we decide to throw out our inhibitions and break some laws. A little rough, but apparently, these are the exact emotions that citizens in certain cities in Maryland, Ohio, and Texas are experiencing and they are not taking it lying down.

Residents in certain parts of these states are putting their foot down and putting together petitions to ban the red light and speed cameras that have been installed on their roads. Their goal is to offer local residents the opportunity to vote on whether automated ticketing should continue or not. They hope to place this vote in the next elections. Ordinances in Sykesville, Maryland are already in place and are scheduled to a hearing on May 4, 2010. Paul Kubosh, an attorney in Houston, TX, is targeting the same type of automated ticketing in his hometown.

Hit the jump for the full story and to see what states have these electronic snitches installed.

"The city of Houston shall not use photographic traffic signal enforcement systems to civilly, criminally, or administratively enforce any state law or city ordinance against the owner or operator of a vehicle operated in violation of a traffic control signal, specified by Section 544.007(d) of the Texas Transportation Code, nor shall it collect any money from any recipient of a Notice of Violation issued, in whole or in part, in connection with the use of a photographic traffic signal enforcement system," the Citizens Against Red Light Cameras petition states.

Petitions such as these have already succeeded in cities in Louisiana, Ohio, Texas, Arizona, Illinois, and Alaska. If the citizens in a particular city get enough votes on their petition then they could be granted a referendum to ban these cameras. And they’ll probably win too: Photo enforcement has never survived a public vote. How’s that for some good odds?

Speed Cameras Only

  • Massachusetts

Red Light Cameras Only

  • California
  • Texas
  • South Dakota
  • Montana
  • Alabama
  • Georgia
  • Florida
  • North Carolina
  • Virginia
  • Pennsylvania
  • New York
  • New Jersey
  • Rhode Island

Red Light and Speed Cameras

  • Washington
  • Oregon
  • Arizona
  • New Mexico
  • Colorado
  • Iowa
  • Illinois
  • Louisiana
  • Tennessee
  • Ohio
  • Delaware
  • Maryland

Source: The Newspaper

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  (577) posted on 06.23.2011

hmm. Its a good thing that this cameras has been installed down in the street to monitor those abusive driver! There’s an increasing rate on accident related to road and I think its better to take action on it.

  (488) posted on 06.23.2011

Well,I guess there’s no reason to banned cameras on the road for it not only monitor the speed of the car but watching as well the crime on the street! The Law enforcement should consider this thing.

  (1333) posted on 10.11.2010

Before they do that they should think twice. Just imagine what a big help could this traffic camera’s does.

  (367) posted on 08.19.2010

If those camera doesn’t even help them then why should they still put it up there.

  (780) posted on 04.21.2010

Well if those cameras are useless I think it’s better to remove them to save more energy.

  (612) posted on 04.20.2010

If this thing won’t help the traffic then the better thing to do is remove it. It’s just a waste of energy and electricity.

  (417) posted on 04.19.2010

why should they banned the CCTV? It was a big help to monitor the traffic.

  (647) posted on 04.18.2010

This is the new traffic assistance today not only it helps the traffic but also it prevents crime within the reach of the camera and most countries are using this kind of technology today.

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