Legislators stall bill allowing traffic light cameras

Several Mississippi cities, including Hattiesburg, are still waiting to find out if traffic cameras will get the greenlight.

The House refused to take up a bill that allows cities to place cameras at certain intersections to detect motorists running red lights. It left the decision up to the state's three highway commissioners.

Southern District Commissioner Wayne Brown told WDAM Wednesday the three members will probably wait until the end of the legislative session before discussing the issue. At issue are traffic cameras on roads maintained by the state.

Cities can put cameras on city-maintained streets, but busy intersections such as Hardy and Hwy 49 would have to get MDOT permission. Brown said if cities can show it is for safety, then he is all for it. But, if it is a money generating effort, he said have to think about it.