Today the Connecticut General Assembly is conducting public hearings on allowing the major cities in Connecticut the ability to install cameras that would snap a picture of a car running a red light. Once the picture is processed, a ticket is mailed to the car owner in the amount of $65.
Of the $65, $50 would be kept by the municipality, and $15 would be forwarded to the company that processes the tickets.
While red light camera systems are fairly common in other areas of the United States, it would be new to Connecticut. Proponents have argued that these cameras are a much needed safety tool that can reduce accidents while at the same time provide new revenue to the host municipality.
Opponents have argued that this is an egregious expansion of big government, and that the measure is simply another way to tax residents.
The Hartford Courant did a pretty good piece on this idea last week outlining the experiences of Nassau County on Long Island.
I have not taken a position on the issue, mainly because I see merit to both sides of the argument. But, should this initiative pass, Danbury will have a decision to make. So I am asking you, what do you think? Should Danbury install red light cameras? Click the poll on the left, or feel free to leave a comment below.