Problems With Red Light Cameras Have Some States Opting Out

(Memphis) If you drive in Mississippi one thing you won’t see at intersections are red light cameras. They are not allowed anywhere in the state.

There have been nationwide complaints about the cameras.

Kenny Moss called us after his mom got a ticket for a truck she doesn’t even own.

A red truck with similar license plates as those on her F-150 gray truck was captured going through the red light at Shelby Drive and Lamar.

The family couldn’t get help until they called News Channel 3.

Memphis Police investigated and dismissed the ticket.

“I am hoping they will learn  what the errors were and it won’t happen to other people,” says Moss.

Errors prompted Mississippi to prohibit red light cameras in 2009, just  as the Southaven Police Department was considering them.

“We were actually looking into getting some traffic light cameras specifically at intersections in order to reduce some of the accidents that were occurring at intersections,” says Southaven Police Deputy Chief Steve Pirtle.

Last year Mississippi passed another law saying Mississippi residents who get a red light camera ticket in another state can’t have it go on their driving record or insurance.
Senator Bill Stone sponsored the bill.

“The legislature determined those not to be fair in Mississippi. We just don’t believe it’s fair to have that stuck on your driving record for getting a ticket in another state,” says Stone.

Kenny Moss and his mom just hope other people will take notice and not let flaws go unchecked.

If you have a legitimate fine from a red light camera, you still are obligated to pay it, wherever you live.

If you discover the ticket shows up on your driving record or insurance, you should contact the Department of Safety.

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