Red light camera ban passes House 69-1

A nearly unanimous South Dakota House voted Wednesday to ban red light cameras and automated speeding ticket systems.

After the 69-1 vote, the bill now heads to the state Senate.

Rep. Peggy Gibson, D-Huron, said the city of Sioux Falls’ attempt to install red light cameras at the intersection of 10th Street and Minnesota Avenue several years ago infuriated her.

"Red light cameras are used primarily to raise money, and not to improve safety," said Gibson, who also called them "an invasion of our privacy."

No one spoke against the measure. One lawmaker, Rep. Steve Hickey, R-Sioux Falls, said he had opposed Gibson’s attempt several years ago to ban red light cameras but had since changed his mind.

The lone no vote in the House was Rep. Tona Rozum, R-Mitchell.