The Michigan legislature has moved one step closer to banning the use of red-light cameras to ticket drivers.

The Michigan Senate approved the measure with an overwhelming majority, today voting 28 to 10 in favor of the ban. The legislature would ban tickets and other traffic enforcement measures from images from cameras mounted to traffic lights.

Cities Banned from Using Cameras

Under Senate Bill 875, cities throughout the state would no longer be able to rely on cameras to catch drivers who violate Michigan or local traffic laws.

The bill states:  "Any citation issued on the basis of a recorded image produced by a photographic traffic signal enforcement system in violation of this section is void," according to the Detroit Free Press. 

Senator Lana Theis of Brighton sponsored the bill, calling the use of cameras at traffic lights a "money grab."

“It’s important Michigan bans the use of red-light cameras on our streets to not only help protect the lives of drivers and passengers, but also to protect their constitutional rights,” Theis said in a statement Tuesday. “I thank my Senate colleagues for standing up against these unnecessary money-grabs and urge the support of my House colleagues.”

Those who oppose the use of traffic cameras say their use can sometimes result in a ticket being issued to a vehicle owner who was not driving the vehicle at the time the image was taken.

Bill Goes to the House for Approval

The measure now moves on to the Michigan House for a vote before it goes to Governor Gretchen Whitmer for her signature or a possible veto.

This House of Mirrors is Super Shiny Inside (and a wee bit Hideous)

This house of mirrors, located in Oakbrook, Illinois, is something to see.

The owners put mirrors everywhere they could think of, including the edges of the pool table.


Meet the Flint Area Folks Who've Competed for Real Money on TV Game Shows

Jeopardy, Wheel, Millionaire, you name it, Flint-area folks have been on it.

Over the last several decades, we've seen lots of people from our area competing for and sometimes even winning big money.

Our list includes a former Grand Blanc resident whose Jeopardy strategy is still used today and is reputed to be a maneuver that Alex Trebek hated.

And we even have one gentleman from Flint who's considered a game show expert, appearing on five different shows over the years.

Historic Bellaire, Michigan Inn for Sale for $1.4M: Look Inside

Located in what Country Living Magazine considers one the the "Best Lake Towns in the U.S", The Inn at Breezy Hill Farm is looking for a new innkeeper. On the market for $1,399,000, it takes "quaint" to a new level. Originally built in 1878, the home is a Michigan treasure. With a total of 12 bedrooms and 12 bathrooms over its 6700+ square feet, the inn can accomodate 18 guests in a variety of suites. Ready to own a piece of Americana and easy into a relaxed life as an innkeeper? Check it out!