Under Hawaii’s new red light camera program, tickets will follow car owners not drivers

After receiving funding from lawmakers, the state Transportation Department is preparing for the first installation of cameras to catch drivers who run through red lights on Oahu.

But several Hawaii attorneys say the program is fraught with legal questions.

Similar programs on the mainland have been banned after lawsuits and complaints were issued, in part, because the cameras don’t punish the driver but instead fault the vehicle owner.

That means people who loan their cars to relatives or friends could be hit with citations that amount to more than $100 each.