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A double stop signal.
Update June 19: A quick update to note that Gov. Nikki Haley signed the bill on Friday.
And with that, the iTraffic-Ridgeland traffic camera operation is dead.
The only hope for the system are the results of a study due out in November.
A proviso along with the ban requires a study be tasked to a new "South Carolina Traffic Camera Enforcement Commission" to research whether or not traffic camera system are, in essence, a good thing. That report would be due in November.
Update June 16: All the wheel appear to remain in motion to ban the camera's operation with Gov. Nikki Haley due to sign the bill — but there's some added context evolving.
The Island Packet has a robust update with iTraffic comment about their frustration, meanwhile WTOC 11 made a trip out to the town for a chat with locals, frustrated comment from the town leadership, and some footage from the camera operation.
First reporting June 15: Despite a late derailment of a vote, the state Senate found time during their few days back at the statehouse to pass a bill that would end Ridgeland and iTraffic's camera operation — at least for now.
Only two-thirds of the Senate voted on the bill, all saying yes in a 32-0 vote.
Beaufort Senator Tom Davis (R) did not vote, while part Beaufort-Jasper-Colleton-Hampton county Senator Clementa Pinckney (D) voted in support of the bill.
The Island Packet is reporting that Gov. Nikki Haley plans to sign the bill.
In a statement, Senator Larry Grooms, Chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee and author of the bill, said, "Good riddance to what was nothing more than a small-town money grab and a menace to motorists."
A sentiment, that you might expect, is vehemently denied by Ridgeland Mayor Gary Hodges.
But while the bill would stop the system for now, it's not the end of the road, as a proviso along with the ban requires a study be tasked to a new "South Carolina Traffic Camera Enforcement Commission" to research whether or not traffic camera system are, in essence, a good thing. That report would be due in November.
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