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South Dakota license plates are now immune to red light camera tickets issued by other states

South Dakota Enacts Most Sweeping Photo Ticket Ban In US
Beginning July 1, South Dakota license plates will be invisible to photo enforcement cameras.

Sixteen states ban the use of red light cameras and speed cameras by statute or state court rulings (view list), but none of these prohibitions are anywhere near as sweeping as a pair of bills signed into law last week by South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard (R). Not only are South Dakotans protected from red light camera tickets within state borders, as of July 1 they will be immune to automated citations issued in most other states.

Lawmakers in Pierre overwhelmingly favored a straightforward ban on the use of red light cameras. Earlier this month, the state Senate voted 26 to 9 on the ban that had cleared the state House in February by a 69 to 1 margin.

"No state, county, municipal, or township authority may contract with any private corporation to provide for the use of any photo monitoring device to detect any red light violation," the new law, House Bill 1100, states.

South Dakota's experiment in photo ticketing ended in 2010 after a circuit court judge struck down the red light camera operation in Sioux Falls as illegal (view decision). The judge ruled that the city violated state law in creating a program that turned the misdemeanor of red light running into a civil penalty without authorization from the legislature.


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We ain't ready for reform

Politicians in Chicago are not very bright, just corrupt. The writing is on the wall so they're going for broke. Red light & speed cameras are popping up everywhere. We know the costs are sky high but the return on investment is very low. The people are put on the hook for this bad investment while adding to the city's debt. Too bad it didn't come out of their pockets. They should be held liable for such mediocre financial decision making. Especially our fabulous mayor, Rahmbo. It's decisions like these that will turn Chicago into Detroit. Why not trim the bloated unionized patronage army? This group of meager talent should be paid accordingly.

Louisiana didn't care about my North Carolina ticket but

Texas did. Which was ridiculous since I had actually paid the ticket 11 years prior but the NC court never told me there was an extra county extortion charge of 50 bucks.

Thank You Governor.

I met him for the first time in 2008 when I was a delegate to the South Dakota Republican Convention, when he was then Lieutenant Governor, and he come off as a cordial and sincere man, albeit a very tall one. I can name a few people off the top of my head that should never have operated in his current first term in office and a couple of positions he is clearly in the wrong for taking, but I can say I am rather satisfied with the acts he has signed into law the past couple of years. Shooting off fireworks on New Years Eve (and Day), Local Communities and School Boards allowed to create sentinels, and now this.

Thanks Dennis, You just might have my vote yet. But I'm keeping my eye on you.

~Good Night, And Good Luck~

Nice to see a state acting for freedom

Unfortunately, my state (New York) acts the opposite way on just about every issue.

Move Here.

Move Here.

  • Second lowest tax rate
  • Second best Economy (North Dakotas been striking oil lately.)
  • Real easy to get in contact with your state reps. and senators
  • And since it's the fifth lowest populated state (some 850,000) vs. land area (some 78,000 sq. miles) there's a lot of room, if stuff starts to go down you will most definitely increase your survival rate.


  • And it's a GREAT place to grow food.

~Good Night, And Good Luck~

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List of states that ban red light cameras

Our city has them,but our state banned them.....yeah,that's what I thought too.

Leave an indelible mark on all of those that you meet.
OH... have fun day :)

Imagine if the states held competitions to see which one was the

most free!

Dreamer, I know.

"It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere".

It's hard not to be a menace to society when half the population is happy on their knees. - unknown