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Photo Speed Enforcement Bill Amended

SB 336 (Roem) as introduced, would permit a state or local law enforcement agency to place and operate a photo speed monitoring device at a “high-risk intersection,” as defined in the bill, located within the locality. Before operation of the photo speed camera, the state or local law enforcement agency must certify that a traffic fatality occurred in the “high risk intersection” since January 1, 2014.

SB 336 reported out of the Senate by a vote of 22-18.  During the bills hearing in the House Transportation Committee’s Innovations Subcommittee, the bill was amended.  The amended version contains much of the same language as the introduced but makes the bill narrower in its application.  The current version of SB 336 defines a “high-risk intersection segment,” as, “… any highway or portion thereof located not more than 1,000 feet from the limits of the property of a school…,” and a traffic fatality must have occurred since January 1, 2014.  The amended version adds language stating that any civil penalties collected in the high-risk intersection segment shall be paid to the Commonwealth Transportation Board and used for the Virgnia Highway Safety Improvement Program.

This new language DOES NOT interfere with the current code language and process for operating and enforcing photo speed cameras in school and work zones.  SB 336 passed out of the Innovations Subcommittee by a vote of 5-3 and will be heard in the full House Transportation Committee shortly.

VACo will continue to provide updates on SB 336 as the bill progresses through the legislative process.

VACo Contact: James Hutzler

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