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Bill to ban red light traffic cameras

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Red light traffic cameras were used at street intersections to snap a picture of your car and license plate if you ran a red light.

They have  been out of Sioux Falls for a few years now and a new bill may soon ban them from the entire state for good.

If you lent someone your car and they ran a red light, you would not ever think you would be sent the ticket.

Because of these red light cameras, that is what happened to I.L. Wiedermann.

"Had they have had a police man there to say this would have been illegal and whoever had been driving my van had gotten the ticket, there wouldn't have been a problem what so ever." Wiedermann said.

He then sued the city of Sioux Falls.

And in July 2010 the cameras were taken down.

"But to say the owner of the vehicle is responsible for that vehicle, there are certain circumstances where that could be true, but in this the whole thing would be wrong." Wiedermann explained.

Now, lawmakers are introducing a new bill to have these types of traffic cameras banned across the state.

Rep. Steve Hickey is a co-sponsor of the bill.

"They'd catch you if you rolled through a stop sign, and they'd catch you in your car. People have a privacy issue and they want to be going around town without government cameras." Said Rep. Hickey.

He said he understands the police need certain devices to help monitor people who break the law, but does not think the cameras serve that purpose.

"I think it's easier on the police department and I can understand why they'd use some technology to help them keep traffic under control that can be appreciated but many people don't like the camera." Rep. Hickey added.

Sioux Falls does not have any of these cameras today and Rep. Hickey hopes it will not be an issue anywhere else in the state.

Rep. Hickey said the list of legislatures who support this bill is almost longer than the bill itself and he hopes the bill is passed quickly.

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