Cameras aimed to protect CT highway workers pose privacy risks, critics say

With distracted driving and speeding a common occurrence on Connecticut’s roadways, the state will install specialized cameras in work zones next year in an effort to slow down drivers. The pilot program, which is expected to start as soon as next summer, has also faced opposition with some saying it raises privacy concerns and is meant as a revenue generator as opposed to an effort to increase highway safety. The program will involve placing three movable speed detectors in work zones in different regions of the state. The cameras will be used to capture the license plate number of any vehicle traveling 15 mph or more over the speed limit in a work zone. Any fines collected will go into the Special Transportation Fund, which finances the state’s transportation system, including the operating costs of the Department of Transportation and the Department of Motor Vehicles.

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