Virginia bill gives lower threshold to red light camera ticket appeals


WASHINGTON — Drivers will get another chance to challenge red light camera tickets if a bill passed by the Virginia House of Delegates on Feb. 3 becomes law.


The bill sets a lower threshold for appeals to Circuit Court of decisions drivers don’t like.


Another bill would take away an exception for Northern Virginia spending on Mass transit projects outside of analysis over congestion relief.


The House also passed a bill that would change asset forfeiture rules and ban police from taking property permanently unless a person is convicted.


Other police and privacy bills passed Tuesday include protections against fake cell towers and eavesdropping.


Another bill approved by the House largely along party lines would lift the ban on guns for felons who have had their rights restored by another state.


Also, House Bill 2090 would require new training standards for restaurant employees about food safety and allergy awareness. And House Bill 2235 would restrict law enforcement vehicles in high occupancy toll lanes, like the 95 Express Lanes, to only official use, with a specific ban on free use during an officer’s regular commute.


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