LAS VEGAS (KSNV) ‚ÄĒ¬†
A red-light camera could be coming to an intersection near you.
It‚Äôs a decision many drivers face every day. When a light turns yellow — do we hit the brake or the gas?
Soon, if you make the wrong choice, you could get a ticket. The ticket wouldn‚Äôt come from a police officer, but a camera.
The Nevada Office of Public Safety is fighting for a bill that would allow police to use red-light cameras.
Andrew Bennett with the Nevada Office of Public Safety says the idea behind the bill is straightforward.
‚ÄúSimply to save lives,‚ÄĚ said Bennett.
‚ÄúIt would allow local jurisdictions to make that decision for themselves”, he continued.
The cameras would snap pictures of drivers who venture through intersections after the light has changed.
‚ÄúThere are reports that rank Las Vegas in the top 10 for red light running,‚ÄĚ explained Bennett.
The cameras are supposed to prevent a T-bone collision. Next to a head-on collision, traffic safety experts say it‚Äôs the worst kind of crash to have.
Most drivers News 3 spoke to say they would be happy to see red light cameras in their neighborhoods.
‚ÄúI think it’s a good idea. Maybe there will be less accidents and people will stop blaming other people,‚ÄĚ said Julie Caldaroni.
‚ÄúWell, it might stop the stupid drivers a little bit,‚ÄĚ said Sam Cox.
‚ÄúI don’t have a problem with that,‚ÄĚ said Ruth Argier.
But Bennett admits, the cameras have their critics.
‚ÄúWe’ll hear anything from, it’s ‘Big Brother,’ it’s too much government, it violates their privacy,‚ÄĚ noted Bennett.
New eyes in the sky could one day make red light runners think twice.