Ban the cam?: Gardenhire bill aims to prohibit use of traffic enforcement cameras

A traffic camera is used to ticket speeders on Barton Avenue.
photo A traffic camera is used to ticket speeders on Barton Avenue.

State Sen. Todd Gardenhire says traffic cameras are Big Brother, with an eye on your life and a hand in your pocket, and he wants no more of them.

In "Tennessee Freedom from Traffic Cameras Act," the Chattanooga Republican calls traffic cameras "a form of mass surveillance over ordinary and innocent Tennessee motorists." He says they deny people's constitutional right to face and cross-examine their accuser in court, "because the accuser is a machine."

And the money generated by the tickets often goes to out-of-state companies, he adds.