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Transportation panel approves Theis red-light camera ban bill

LANSING, Mich. — The Senate Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on Wednesday approved Sen. Lana Theis’s bill to prohibit municipalities from installing red-light cameras to issue traffic citations in the state.

“Red-light cameras are unconstitutional, bald-faced government money grabs that make driving less safe,” said Theis, R-Brighton. “It’s time we ban their use in Michigan, and I thank my colleagues on the Senate Transportation and Infrastructure Committee for their support.”

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. Recent guidance from the Biden Administration cleared the way for more cameras to be installed under the newly signed federal infrastructure law.

The bill now moves to the full Senate for consideration.