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Highway Speed Cameras Bill Has Uncertain Future This Session

By Brandon Smith, IPB News | Published on in Government, Politics, Technology, Transportation
The Indiana Statehouse. (FILE PHOTO: Lauren Chapman/IPB News)
The Indiana Statehouse. (FILE PHOTO: Lauren Chapman/IPB News)

Legislation to allow speed cameras in highway work zones didn’t get a vote in a Senate committee Tuesday. And its future this session is in doubt.

The proposed bill would only allow Indiana State Police to issue tickets if a driver is caught on camera going at least 11 miles per hour over the speed limit in a highway work zone, while workers are present. It also requires signs alerting drivers beforehand and only allows pictures of the rear license plate – not the driver’s face.

Indiana Laborers Union’s Brian Short says it’s all about worker safety.

“When they don’t feel safe in a work site, they’re not as efficient,” Short says. “They’re always looking behind them.”

But several lawmakers, including Sen. Phil Boots (R-Crawfordsville), don’t like the cameras.

“I have a problem with big daddy looking over my shoulder, so, sorry,” Boots says.

Committee Chair Sen. Mike Crider (R-Greenfield) says the bill would’ve been defeated if he’d taken a vote. He says the measure needs stronger privacy protections.

Contact Brandon at bsmith@ipbs.org or follow him on Twitter at @brandonjsmith5.