Billings Approves Red Light Cameras Ahead of Legislation Prohibiting Them

By Beacon Staff

BILLINGS – The Billings City Council has approved a plan to install red-light cameras at up to 30 city intersections.

The contract with RedFlex Traffic Systems of Arizona was put together quickly, because pending legislation seeks to prohibit the use of traffic cameras and other technologies to ticket drivers for violations that are not witnessed by police officers.

House Bill 531 was amended to allow cameras in cities that already have a contract in place, leading to quick action in Billings. The measure passed on an 8-3 vote Monday night. Bozeman already has a similar contract.

The Billings City Council also passed “social-host ordinance” to punish anyone who provides a place for an underage drinking party.

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