Senator Zaynab Mohamed Applauds Passage of Speed Safety Camera Pilot Program Provisions

ST. PAUL, Minn. — On Monday, May 6, the Minnesota Senate passed the Transportation, Housing, and Labor Budget Bill, including provisions authored by Senator Zaynab Mohamed (DFL-Minneapolis). In an effort to curb traffic accidents and protect Minnesotans on our roads, the bill authorizes a speed safety camera enforcement pilot program.

The bill authorizes the Department of Transportation and the Department of Public Safety to establish a traffic safety camera pilot program that provides for education and enforcement of speeding violations, traffic-control signal violations, or both in conjunction with the use of traffic safety camera systems. The authority for camera-based traffic enforcement under the pilot program is limited to August 1, 2025, to July 31, 2029.

Only MnDOT, DPS, the city of Minneapolis, the city of Mendota Heights, one statutory or home rule charter city or town located outside of a metropolitan county, as determined by MnDOT, and one county, as determined by MnDOT may implement camera-based traffic enforcement. 

“The uptick in traffic accidents, injuries, and fatalities cannot continue,” said Senator Mohamed. “Recently, there have been multiple tragic road incidents due to speeding, and the data shows this trend is rising. Our pilot program is designed to be preventative, not punitive, and aims to protect Minnesotans by changing the driving behaviors of those who speed.”

The pilot program has funding for public education before traffic camera programs begin. The result of a violation may include warnings, $40-$80 fines, and traffic safety courses. The bill also has robust protections for Minnesotans’ civil liberties and privacy. 

The Transportation, Labor, and Housing supplemental budget bill passed the Senate 36-31 and awaits consideration in conference committee.

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Senator Zaynab Mohamed represents Senate District 63 which includes Minneapolis. She is vice chair of the Jobs and Economic Development Committee, and serves on the Capital Investment Committee, Finance Committee, and the Housing and Homelessness Prevention Committee.
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