The perennial bill to let Connecticut municipalities install red light enforcement cameras has failed every year, but 2012 may be different — because of a political effort led by state Senate Majority Leader Martin Looney, D-New Haven, with vocal support from Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.
"The bill will be introduced out of the transportation committee. We'll have a public hearing on it. We're going to hear the arguments on both sides," said the committee's co-chairman, Rep. Antonio Guerrera, D-Rocky Hill. This year, "I think it's got more legs," Guerrera said Monday.
Pros and cons include preventing deaths and freeing police to fight serious crime vs. worries about Big Brother and lack of due process of law.
One of the big objections has been suspicion that the cameras would be less about safety than raising revenue for municipalities and camera vendors. "We're not looking at this for profitability. ... It should be all about safety," Guerrera said. "If we're looking at it as a revenue enhancer, then this bill isn't going to go anywhere."