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Tenn. legislators mull laws for traffic cameras

Tom Humphrey, News Sentinel • Oct 16, 2009 at 12:00 AM

NASHVILLE - Several legislators criticized the use of cameras to issue traffic tickets Wednesday during a hearing on whether state laws should be revised to put more restrictions on the practice.

Representatives of police departments in Knoxville, Chattanooga and Gallatin told the House Transportation Committee that traffic cameras are reducing accidents and saving lives. But they faced sometimes critical questioning and comments from the lawmakers.

Rep. Richard Floyd, R-Chattanooga, said private companies operating the systems are "making money hand over fist" while "intimidating the daylights out of our citizens - particularly the elderly."

Read the full story on the Knoxville News Sentinel Web site.

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