BEAUFORT, S.C. (WLTX-TV) – A state commission that was supposed to examine the use of traffic cameras in the state was supposed to have issued its report this week. However that has not been done because the panel never met.
The Beaufort Gazette reports the panel was established as part of a law passed over the summer banning use of cameras to issue speeding tickets.
Gov. Nikki Haley’s office says there was a glitch in the law that left out who was to be on the commission, which is why the panel never met. Chairman Glenn McCall said he is ready to proceed once the members are determined.
Ridgeland became the first municipality in South Carolina to use cameras to catch speeders when it stationed them on Interstate 95 in 2010.
The town has since ended the program.
The ban on the use of traffic cameras was established after the town of Ridgefield attempted to use the cameras to catch out-of-state speeders traveling down seven miles of Interstate 95. AAA Carolinas also endorsed the cameras because of South Carolina’s poor history with traffic safety.
However, Ridgeland was told its plan was illegal based on a 2006 general attorney ruling and 2009 law that effectively disallowed photo enforcement. After the ban in late June, the town abandoned their efforts to install traffic cameras.
According to theInsurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), a little of half of the States, 52%, use cameras to enforce speeding and/or red light laws.
IIHS says they support the cameras because of the dangers brought about by having a police car stop another vehicle in dense or high-speed areas and the impossibility and potential neglect of having police provide complete around-the-clock surveillance.
By: Pete Strom, South Carolina Accident Attorney