Ex-cop in Senate wants to outlaw red light cameras

Posted March 4, 2011 6:00 p.m. EST

Sen. Don East patrolled the streets of Winston-Salem for almost 20 years. Now, he's putting his law enforcement experience to work in the General Assembly.

The Surry County Republican recently introduced legislation to ban the use of red light cameras statewide.

East says the cameras are unfair, noting people being ticketed deserve the right to talk to the officer issuing the citation – and cross-examine them in court, if it comes to that. He says drivers who receive their tickets in the mail can't do that.

Also, he maintains that some cities promised to use the fees from the tickets issued by the red light camera system to fund education, and they aren't doing that.