Huntsville City Council rejects red light camera plan

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – On Thursday evening, the Huntsville City Council rejected a proposal that would have brought red light cameras to the city.

Council member Francis Akridge, who put forward the proposal, said the cameras would make the roads around the city safer. The measure failed almost unanimously.

Akridge came to Thursday night’s meeting armed with crash statistics she hoped would redirect other board members who disagreed with the proposal in recent meetings. Akridge would have needed a resolution and full council support for state lawmakers to agree to pass the bill at the state level.

“I remember a test that said yellow means slow down and that’s what we’re supposed to do,” Akridge said. “My goal is to change behavior. Now is a fine, it’s not a ticket, it’s a fine, does it change behavior? Absoutely.”

Akridge said the proposal could be dead on arrival if it ever reaches the state level, but called red-light cameras just common sense.

The state has approved red light cameras in other Alabama cities further south. Akridge said Huntsville is growing and it’s time for the cameras here.

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