September 30, 2014

Senate passes ban on I-95 speed cameras

After much debate, the Senate has passed a bill to ban the use of speed cameras on I-95 in Ridgeland. Berkeley Senator Larry Grooms says the speed cameras, placed on a 7-mile stretch of I-95 in Ridgeland, make South Carolina stand out as a “speed-trap,” causing some to not want to travel through the state.

However, those in favor say the cameras save lives, as well as cut down on the amount of vehicles speeding through the area. AAA Carolinas was in favor of the cameras and said they were working because of the statistics showing no deaths since the cameras were installed. Grooms’ bill, now passed in the Senate, would stop the town from issuing tickets for those caught on camera.

The bill now heads to the House for consideration.