- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 11, 2002

HONOLULU (AP) Gov. Ben Cayetano yesterday ordered a halt to the use of cameras to catch speeders, a safety measure many Hawaii motorists considered so underhanded they tried to subvert the system.
Mr. Cayetano said the Legislature was about to repeal the program anyway.
"The traffic van-cam law is the creation of the Legislature, and if they want to now cancel the program it will be canceled," he said in a statement.
The van-mounted cameras, introduced on Oahu two months ago and operated by a private company, were coupled with radar and automatically photographed a speeder's license plate. A ticket was then issued by mail to the car's owner.
The House late Tuesday tentatively decided to abandon the system, and Mr. Cayetano said he would allow the repeal bill to become law without his signature. He maintained, though, that the program's aims were good.
"Driving at faster speeds has become a habit for many drivers and explains, at least in part, why there was so much opposition to the traffic van cam," he said.
Proponents said the system would slow traffic and save lives.
Drivers and civil liberties lawyers complained the system unfairly assumed the owner of the car was the person behind the wheel.
While many states use cameras to catch people running red lights, Hawaii was the first state to pass a law allowing photo-enforced radar along state roads.
State Rep. Charles Djou said yesterday he was pleased that "this very much hated system is finally going to get yanked."

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