SC legislators could bar mailed speeding tickets

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Legislators are set to discuss a bill meant to stop a South Carolina town from using a camera and radar system to send traffic tickets through the mail.

The House Judiciary Committee is set Tuesday to debate the bill, which specifies that officers must stop a driver along the roadside and issue a ticket in person.

The bill is aimed at the Jasper County town of Ridgeland, which uses the system to catch speeders on a stretch of Interstate 95 inside the town limits. Lawmakers accuse the town of flouting state law that bars tickets based only on photographic evidence. Town officials counter that an officer monitors the system.

Ridgeland's mayor says he believes the system saves lives.

Nearly 10,000 tickets have been mailed by the town over nine months.

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