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New right-turn-on-red law causing confusion

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Although the recent change to Tennessee's red light camera law was a victory to many drivers, it's still causing a lot of confusion. Not only will it take a longer time to go into effect than originally thought, but some communities say an oversight may put them in a tough spot legally.

When the new law was passed, a grandfather clause for existing red light camera contracts was accidentally left out.

"Their concern is with the contracts that are enforced today, does it override the legislation that went into place on July 1," said Sen. Jim Tracy, R-Shelbyville.

When the new law, part of which would prohibit ticketing drivers who don't come to a full stop before turning right on red unless otherwise posted, went into effect earlier this month, lawmakers intended that the regulations would only apply to new contracts.

But because that language didn't make it into the final version, many drivers may think they are free to make that turn. And communities are concerned the law could open them up to a flood of court challenges from drivers.

"That is their concern, I'm sure, that they will be sued for a right on red ticket," Tracy said.

He is asking for an attorney general's opinion, but he said cities could solve this easily by posting signs that prohibit right turns on red.

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