LAS VEGAS (KSNV) — You don’t have to try very hard to catch drivers in the act, speeding, running red lights, often causing crashes.
Now, Nevada will become the next state to consider something some call “drastic”: SB 43, also known as the Automated Traffic Enforcement bill.
“When states implement these technologies there is at least a 14% decrease in fatalities,” said Andrew Bennett, with the Office of Traffic Safety.
Currently, 24 states already allow using cameras for traffic enforcement, many touting positive results.
Some like California and Arizona, however, have had pushback, to the point the practice was eliminated in certain jurisdictions.
The Nevada ACLU has concerns as well.
“When it comes to this type of surveillance equipment it’s a gross intrusion on individual privacy rights because often times the cameras capture more than they’re intended to do,” said Holly Welborn, a Policy Director with Nevada ACLU.
Other arguments against include, they are a source of revenue, which means operators could potentially collude, and the technology potentially being unreliable.
“If every technology was perfect we’d have zero fatalities on our roadways cause cars would drive themselves,” said Bennett.
Proponents argue the technology has improved over the years, and while it may make some drivers uneasy at first, ultimately it will save lives.
If SB 43 passes the full legislature, local municipalities could begin using traffic cameras as early as 2020.