Advocates for deploying speed enforcement cameras in Indiana highway work zones will have to make their case to the 2020 General Assembly without the extra support that typically accompanies a policy endorsement by a Statehouse study committee. On Wednesday, the Legislature’s Interim Study Committee on Roads and Transportation declined to include a recommendation for speed camera enforcement in its final report to the Indiana House and Senate. There was little discussion about the decision to omit speed cameras from the report. The committee clearly was divided on the issue earlier this month when leaders of Indiana Constructors Inc., a statewide construction trade group, told the panel that speed cameras would improve road safety. Past efforts to authorize Indiana work zone speed cameras faltered at the Statehouse due to bipartisan concerns about motorist privacy, the perception of limited safety benefits and the suspicion that speed cameras just would be a cash grab by the state.


The Neighbor
Dan Carden