Mississippi may ban cameras at red lights

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi lawmakers are considering whether to ban cameras that snap pictures of vehicles running red lights.

The cameras are used in Jackson and Columbus, but other cities have considered them. Private companies install the cameras and share the ticket fees with local governments.

Supporters say cameras promote safety by making drivers more likely to stop on time.

Critics say the cameras are akin to Big Brother. Some lawmakers say emergency responders and vehicles in funeral processions have been ticketed for running red lights.

A bill to ban the cameras has passed the Mississippi House and awaits consideration in the Senate.

The bill is House Bill 1568.

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