Delegates efforts to limit red light traffic cameras hits dead end

Posted at 6:58 PM, Jan 15, 2014
and last updated 2014-01-15 21:18:47-05

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR)--They watch your every move through certain intersections across parts of Virginia, snapping photographs of drivers breaking the law.

The controversial red light cameras.

Municipalities like Virginia Beach put them to use to catch lawbreakers, but not everyone has given cameras a green light.

Henrico Delegate Joe Morrisey wants to pull the plug on the cameras, but his efforts at the General Assembly aren't gaining too much traction.

Wednesday morning his House Bill 116, which would limit the use of traffic cameras, was tabled unanimously this morning in a House of Delegates Subcommittee.

Tabling the bill basically means the legislation is dead for the session. Delegate Morrissey calls the cameras an "absolute unadulterated scam."

Delegate Morrissey tried to reign in the red light cameras last General Assembly session, but was unsuccessful then.

The Democrat says he is not deterred and that the issue is not dead at the General Assembly. Another Delegate, Republican Ben Cline from Rockbridge, introduced legislation that would ban the cameras altogether.

Morrissey says Cline has his full support.