NASHVILLE — A number of states are currently considering proposed legislation that would ban the use of cameras to catch speeders and “red light runners”, and Tennessee is among them.

State Rep. Andy Holt, R-Dresden, said last week that he plans to introduce a bill that would outlaw the devices. Holt said in published reports out of Nashville that he is concerned because businesses in his district are complaining that drivers are avoiding their stores because of traffic cameras located there. That avoidance, those businesses told Holt, is hurting their bottom lines and forcing customers to shop elsewhere in communities that do not have such cameras.

In Hawkins County, the towns of Mount Carmel, Church Hill and Kingsport currently make use of such cameras to identify and ticket violators.