Maine has become the fifth state to ban red-light and speed enforcement cameras statewide, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
Maine joins Montana, Mississippi, West Virginia and New Hampshire in the group with the broadest bans on the use of enforcement cameras. Several other states have other levels of restriction on the use of cameras.
In other places, camera enforcement programs are in the works. In Tennessee, the legislature has approved legislation allowing enforcement cameras in highway work zones, this Knoxville columnist reveals a few paragraphs in. That legislation, he reports, is headed to the governor.
And in the Washington, D.C., suburb of Montgomery County, Maryland, local authorities are ticketing drivers to the tune of $1.5 million a month, according to this report.
The Boston suburb of Brookline seems less friendly to cameras. A “Town Meeting” passed a resolution June 2 urging city selectmen to order the removal of surveillance cameras already obtained by the city police department under a Department of Homeland Security grant, according to the Boston Globe.
Brookline’s neighbor Cambridge barred the use of similar cameras earlier this year.