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. Read the Bill »


03/26/2007: signed by governor


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