Photo-monitoring systems; counties and cities may establish to enforce traffic light signals. (HB1778)

Introduced By

Sen. John Cosgrove (R-Chesapeake)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Traffic signal enforcement programs; civil penalty. Grants localities the authority to operate traffic signal enforcement systems. Localities may install photo-monitoring systems at no more than one intersection for every 10,000 residents at one time. Provisions within the bill limit the use and retention of images recorded and provide other parameters and limitations for localities. Localities are also required to designate at least 50% of fines collected for transportation purposes. Amends § 15.2-968.1, of the Code of Virginia. Read the Bill »


03/26/2007: signed by governor


  • 12/28/2006 Committee
  • 12/28/2006 Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/07 073183276
  • 12/28/2006 Referred to Committee on Transportation
  • 01/24/2007 Assigned Transportation sub: #4 (May)
  • 02/01/2007 Committee substitute printed 079424276-H1
  • 02/02/2007 Read first time
  • 02/03/2007 Passed by for the day
  • 02/05/2007 Read second time
  • 02/05/2007 Committee substitute agreed to 079424276-H1
  • 02/05/2007 Amendment # 1 by Delegate Welch agreed to
  • 02/05/2007 Amendment # 2 by Delegate Welch agreed to
  • 02/05/2007 Amendment by Delegate Joannou rejected
  • 02/05/2007 Pending question ordered
  • 02/05/2007 Engrossed by House - committee substitute with amds (61-Y 37-N) HB1778EH1
  • 02/05/2007 Printed as engrossed 079424276-EH1
  • 02/06/2007 Read third time and passed House (63-Y 35-N)
  • 02/06/2007 Communicated to Senate
  • 02/07/2007 Constitutional reading dispensed
  • 02/07/2007 Referred to Committee on Local Government
  • 02/13/2007 Rereferred to Transportation
  • 02/19/2007 Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
  • 02/19/2007 VOTE: (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
  • 02/20/2007 Read third time
  • 02/20/2007 Passed by temporarily
  • 02/20/2007 Reading of amendment waived
  • 02/20/2007 Amendment by Senator Cuccinelli rejected
  • 02/20/2007 Passed Senate (30-Y 10-N)
  • 02/20/2007 VOTE: (30-Y 10-N) (see vote tally)
  • 03/01/2007 Enrolled
  • 03/01/2007 Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1778ER)
  • 03/01/2007 Signed by Speaker
  • 03/04/2007 Signed by President
  • 03/26/2007 G Approved by Governor-Chapter 836 (effective 7/1/07)
  • 04/10/2007 G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0836)


Paul writes:

Why can't ANY county or city in Virginia decide on their own to safequard their citizens at intersections where facts show RED LIGHT Violations?

Victims or Potential Victims should have more support and rights than the Lawbreaker(s).

Fred Mittelman writes:

The one problem with 'red light" and other traffice camera systems, that isn't often mentioned in discussions of them, is the fact that you can't cross-examine them as you would the cop using the radar. This violates the 6th Amendment to the U.S. Consitution.