West Virginia House Bill 4595 – Create Camera Assisted Enforcement of Speeding in Active Work Zones


Bill No.:
HB 4595
Bill Location:
West VirginiaAssembly / House
Bill Title:

Create Camera Assisted Enforcement of Speeding in Active Work Zones

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NMA Recommendation:
Oppose

House Bill 4595 would allow the operation of speed cameras in active highway work zones. Violators would receive a written warning in the mail if they are exceeding the posted speed by more than 10 mph. A repeat offense would result in a $75 fine. All forms of photo traffic enforcement in West Virginia are currently banned by statute, but this bill would carve out an exception for work zone speed cameras.

The NMA is opposed to automated traffic enforcement, including speed cameras, for a number of reasons including:

  • Photo radar can generate false readings
  • This type of automated enforcement emphasizes ticket volume
  • There is no certifiable witness to the alleged violation
  • The driver of the vehicle is not positively identified by the camera which means, by default, the owner of the vehicle receives the ticket whether or not he/she was the driver at the time of the alleged violation
  • Speed cameras have not been shown to improve traffic safety

 


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