Don’t expect to see regulated roadside cameras on North Carolina highways any time soon. This week a proposed bill to allow the devices hit what could become its final resting spot, at least for the next several years.
House Bill 348 was filed on March 19, 2013 by Representative Jon Hardister (R-Guilford). That measure would have allowed NCDOT to enter into agreements with local governments to allow cameras in the right of ways of the state highway system. The cameras could have then been used by law enforcement agencies to take photos of license plates to aid in Amber Alert situations or in searching for fugitives or other suspects in criminal activity.
After passing three readings in the House the measure sat idle between May 2013 and June 2014 before being placed on the Senate calendar.
In an amendment passed on July 16 wording was changed to clarify that “automatic license plate reader systems” would be used, along with the definition and regulation of use of such systems. The measure passed a second reading on that same day with a final Senate vote to come.
However before that final scheduled vote it was withdrawn on Monday and sent to the Rules and Operations Committee. According to published reports Rules Chairman Tom Apodaca (R-Buncombe) said the proposed bill will be resting in the committee for the next couple of years.