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Beverly Hills Seeking to Use Speed Cameras

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A few weeks ago, we reported on Senate Bill 1142, which would widen the use of enforcement cameras in California from intersections to roadways where photos and video could capture speeding cars on streets, ultimately sending the violator a ticket in the mail. Senator Dutton's office said it was a spot bill and later released a statement to highwayrobbery.net, an enforcement camera advocacy site:

"Senator Dutton will not move any bill that expands the use of red light cameras. He has voted against them... as a state legislator. [That's true - he helped to stop SB 1300 (see below).] SB 1142... is available for use by any member of the Republican caucus who would like to limit or restrict the use of red light cameras."
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While that may relieve some anti-camera folks, the heat is on once again with SB1325. This bill, submitted by Senator Sheila Kuehl, who represents parts of Ventura County, San Fernando Valley and some cities 'over the hill' such as Beverly Hills, is an attempt to allow what 1142 tries to do, but with more focus -- a pilot program in Beverly Hills.