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3/16/2006West Virginia Legislature Bans Photo Enforcement
West Virginia legislature votes overwhelmingly to ban red light and speed cameras.
The West Virginia legislature on Saturday passed legislation outlawing both red light cameras and speed cameras. The Senate voted 26-8 to adopt HB4004 which had passed the House with an 88-3 vote last month. The bill is now before Governor Joe Manchin (D) for his signature.
Although no cities in West Virginia use photo enforcement, the measure was meant to stop the practice before it could gain a foothold in the state. It was also meant to send a message of disapproval to nearby Steubenville, Ohio which had been mailing $85 speeding tickets to West Virginia residents. Earlier this week, a court terminated Steubenville's camera program, ruling in a class action suit that the ticketing system violated the law.
Text of HB4004 as amended on March 9, 2006
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