Smile Drivers! Hawai`i Is Watching You!

HONOLULU, OAHU (Ben Caxton) — Despite having seen the same proposal shot down every year for the last twenty years, Democrat State Senator Lorraine Inouye is once again proposing installation of automated red-light cameras statewide. No island-wide statistics were included with the proposal, Senate Bill 663, to indicate the number of accidents, or accidents involving injury caused by red-light violations. The bill does suggest however that police would be freed from traffic duty by the cameras which also might discourage people from fighting a ticket in court if photographic evidence is available. Police say the cameras may serve a deterrent effect on those who intentionally cross an intersection on red, but would have little or no impact on violations caused by people simply not paying attention while driving. Senator Inouye admitted to reporters she had no idea what her program would cost. Just that the cameras were available and it seems like a good idea.

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