Bill SB260 banning red-light cameras passes Oklahoma Senate

A bill prohibiting the use of red-light cameras in the state was approved Tuesday by the Oklahoma Senate.

Senate Bill 260, authored by state Sen. Nathan Dahm, R-Broken Arrow, would forbid the use of the devices, which are automated to take photos of vehicles that pass through intersections during a red traffic light.

There are no red-light cameras in Oklahoma, Dahm said. If one were installed, a law enforcement officer would have to witness the crime in person or review video before a citation could be issued. Citations issued without an officer involved are subject to a penalty, he said.

“My intent with this was to make sure we put the prohibition in there so that, in the future, if that penalty were to be changed, it still wouldn’t open it up for those red-light cameras,” Dahm said.