Colorado House committee puts brakes on bill HB 1099 to eliminate red-light cameras

A Colorado House committee Wednesday rejected what has become an annual attempt to kill off or curb cameras that record drivers going through red lights at intersections or failing to stop completely before making right turns.

The use of such cameras has proven controversial in Colorado and beyond. Some say the cameras improve safety. Others say they are just a fund-raising mechanism.

House Bill 1099, a bipartisan measure proposed by Reps. Jovan Melton, D-Aurora, and Steve Humphrey, R-Alt, would have repealed authorization for the state, a city or county to use automated vehicle identification systems, including red-light cameras, to identify violators of traffic laws and issue citations based on photographic evidence. Cameras or other automated systems would have required voter approval.