Everyone knows that the “speeding problem” on local roads has gotten worse in recent years. Add to that “distracted driving” (using one’s phone, texting, checking social media, etc. while behind the wheel), intoxicated drivers (from alcohol, cannabis, etc., and pedestrians who are also distracted or intoxicated. Finally, the height and weight of vehicles has increased over the years, raising the rate at which crashes result in serious injuries and fatalities. All of this means that our streets and highways have become more dangerous. There is widespread outrage among the public at the lack of speed limit enforcement.
The State of Connecticut’s Vision Zero program aims to reduce and eliminate deaths and serious injury to pedestrians and bicyclists. One of the program’s approaches is to enforce speed limits and red-light violations by using cameras. Violations are recorded and the owner of the vehicle is issued a warning (for the first violation) or a ticket. This practice is just starting to be implemented through pilot programs conducted by CT Department of Transportation and its Office of Traffic Administration.
State law allows the use of traffic enforcement cameras by municipalities but restricts the use of this technology to certain locations with specific conditions. Examples include school zones, high crash zones, and “pedestrian safety zones”—a qualified area designated by a community through an approved process.
Contact the Jonah Center to let us know if you support the use of speed and red light enforcement cameras in Middletown and Portland.