06/10/2012

Tenn. traffic camera law stands challenge

Bid denied to make measure unconstitutional

By Don Jacobs
Knoxville News-Sentinel

Two camera enforcement companies have lost a bid to overturn a state law that prohibits fining drivers for improper right turns on red if the only evidence is photographic.

And despite predictions that the law that went into effect last July would cause an increase in wrecks, statistics in Knoxville refute that contention. Knox County Chancellor Michael W. Moyers' 27 page decision signed May 30 addresses a multitude of arguments brought by American Traffic Solutions, Inc. and Redflex Traffic Systems Inc. asking him to declare the law unconstitutional.

ATS, based in Scottsdale, Ariz., provides camera enforcement equipment for 14 intersections in Knoxville. Redflex, based in Phoenix, has equipped four intersections in Farragut with photo enforcement devices.

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