A Wilmington lawmaker introduced legislation today that would allow Delaware municipalities to install camera systems designed to catch speeding drivers.


A Wilmington lawmaker introduced legislation today that would allow Delaware municipalities to install camera systems designed to catch speeding drivers.

House Bill 66, authored by Rep. Gerald Brady, D-Wilmington West, would permit cities and towns to levy civil penalties of up to $100 per violation against drivers caught speeding within a quarter mile of a school or work zone.

The speed camera systems described in the bill are similar to cameras placed at intersections to catch red light runners. But even though those cameras already have the ability to determine a driver’s speed, Brady said his bill would not allow red light cameras to work double duty as speed cameras.

Fines established under the bill would be $75, plus $25 if the fine isn’t paid or a court appearance scheduled within 20 days. Since the violations would be civil penalties, guilty drivers would not receive points on their licenses. 

Just like red light cameras, photos taken by speed cameras would have to be validated by a police officer before being sent to vehicle owners.

If a vehicle owner wants to contest the charge, he or she can ask for a civil trial in Justice of the Peace Court. According to the bill, an owner can be absolved of the charge if he or she can prove that the car was reported stolen or provide the name and address of the person who was driving the vehicle.

Brady, who has endorsed speed cameras since his days on Wilmington City Council, said law enforcement agencies endorse speed cameras because they require less manpower and increase officer safety.

He also said many constituents are on board with speed cameras.

“At every single neighborhood or civic association meeting in my 16 years of public service, the number one issues are crime and traffic,” he said.