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Red-light camera bill OKs use for public safety

A red light camera is seen in this file photo.

June 1, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
The state Senate has approved a bill that requires red-light cameras to be used for public safety and not for generating revenue from traffic fines.

SB1303 also requires that local governments post warning signs within 200 feet of an intersection where cameras are placed. The bill was written by Sen. Joseph Simitian, a Democrat from Palo Alto.

The measure passed unanimously yesterday and now goes to the assembly. Last year, Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a similar bill, saying the red-light camera program should be overseen by local officials.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.