Sunday, May 23, 2010

Cookeville Rep Speaks Out On Traffic Light Cameras

State Representative Henry Fincher of Cookeville is, once again, being quoted in media outlets across the state for his comments on traffic light cameras and whether or not they should be banned in Tennessee. The issue came up last week during a discussion on the House floor. An amendment seeking the ban was attached to a bill that had been offered by Representative Charles Curtiss of Sparta, which sought to put a cap on the amount of the fines. That bill may be brought back up again Monday night for discussion. During last week's debate, Fincher said, "I really don't like these red light cameras. I think there just something that local governments use to yank money out of people's wallets." But Fincher acknowledged that there would be issues with "going back" on contracts for the operation of such cameras.