Car insurance: Speed cameras banned in three US towns

Saturday, 07 November 2009

Car insurance customers may be interested to hear about three American towns, where residents voted to get speed cameras torn down - and to eject from office a mayor who had opposed the move.

Two gubernatorial elections last week saw three ballot initiatives - two in Ohio and one in Texas - to introduce a law ridding the towns of their traffic enforcement cameras.

In College Station, Texas, voters succeeded in dumping the cameras despite the manufacturers of the devices spending $60,000 (£36,000) on a campaign to keep them in place.

Elsewhere voters in Chillicothe, southern Ohio, declared their opposition to the cameras by 72 per cent. The mayor of Heath, Ohio, who had been spotted removing anti-camera campaign posters from an intersection, subsequently lost his re-election bid.

The anti-camera crusaders in Ohio argue that the fines triggered by the speed photographs were a violation of due process because there was no right of appeal against the tickets except for a local hearing.

Meanwhile here in the UK plans have been announced for new 'intelligent' speed cameras designed to blend in with their natural surroundings.

Posted by Rick Malone

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