Date: June 14, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Representative Sherry Roberts Raises Concerns Over Surveillance Cameras At Toll Gantries
STATE HOUSE -- Representative Sherry Roberts (R-District 29 Coventry, West Greenwich) has proposed a bill (H-7767), which provides that no toll facility erected and/or operated shall engage, in any manner, in the enforcement or assistance in the enforcement of any traffic laws in effect except as specifically authorized in §§42-13.1-11 and 42-13.1-12
“I proposed this bill due to the initial RhodeWorks Toll hearings where serious concerns were raised regarding the technology to be used on toll gantries as it relates to the privacy of passenger vehicles and the role that the government seeks to play in traffic enforcement.”
Rep. Roberts added, “Some of the gantry technology mentioned, involved having cameras, license plate readers and lasers to monitor passing vehicles. More specifically- concerns are that passengers will become vulnerable to increased traffic violations and potential abuses by the government if this technology is used on the gantries to enforce traffic violations such as speeding, illegal lane changes and various other infractions whenever our government wants to enhance their revenue stream. Giving the RI DOT such wide discretion to use this thoroughly intrusive technology is likely to become a means by which to impose an oppressive taxation and burden on the citizens of Rhode Island.”
“It is no secret that our government has abused and does abuse power and is insatiable for more money,” stated Roberts.
“Our job here is to protect our constituents from this form of abuse and this bill says the gantry can't be used for traffic violation enforcement.”