TRAFFIC CAMERAS: DOT Approves Stricter Rules

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The installation of traffic cameras will soon come under increased scrutiny.

The Department of Transportation says safety should come before traffic camera revenue. The DOT approved new regulations for traffic cameras with a unanimous vote Tuesday morning.

DOT Director Paul Trombino says it will prevent cities from using safety as a cover for collecting revenue.

The new rules would require cities to prove red light and speed cameras are needed to improve safety. In order to do that, cities must complete an engineering analysis and submit alternatives to installing traffic cameras.

Cities with cameras already installed would also be required to complete an engineering analysis.

The rules would only apply to cameras placed along interstates and highways and could come into effect in February, 2014.