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Senate approves Theis red-light camera ban bill

LANSING, Mich. — The Senate on Tuesday approved Sen. Lana Theis’s bill with bipartisan support to prohibit municipalities from installing red-light cameras to issue traffic citations in the state.

“It’s important Michigan bans the use of red-light cameras on our streets to not only help protect the lives of drivers and passengers, but also to protect their constitutional rights,” said Theis, R-Brighton. “I thank my Senate colleagues for standing up against these unnecessary money-grabs and urge the support of my House colleagues.”

Senate Bill 875 would prohibit photographic traffic signal enforcement systems from being used to enforce Section 612 of the Michigan Vehicle Code and establish that any citation issued on the basis of a recorded image produced by a photographic traffic signal enforcement system would be void.

Twenty-one states and Washington, D.C. currently allow red-light cameras. Guidance from the Biden Administration cleared the way for more cameras to be installed under the recently signed federal infrastructure law.

The bill now advances to the House of Representatives for consideration.

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