Some legislators like using cameras for law enforcement

Posted March 7, 2011 4:41 p.m. EST

If lawmakers decide to end the use of red light cameras in North Carolina, they could always decide to give the cameras a new life catching speeders.

Rep. Rick Glazier, D-Cumberland, filed House Bill 145 a couple of weeks ago, calling for a pilot program to use red light cameras as part of an "electronic speed-measuring system" to ticket speeders near schools and in road construction zones.

Tickets would be mailed to the owners of vehicles caught zipping through the areas, with fines set at $250 for a highway work zone and $125 for a school traffic zone.

A vehicle owner would have 30 days to send a sworn affidavit to the DMV if he or she wasn't behind the wheel when the cameras snapped a shot of the speeding vehicle's license plate.

No doubt, Sen. Don East won't like the idea.

East, R-Surry,  recently introduced legislation to ban the use of red light cameras statewide, calling them unfair. He says 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 – but drivers who receive their tickets in the mail can't do that.