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Ban on photo enforcement advances in Senate

A group of lawmakers wants voters to decide whether to completely ban photo enforcement in Arizona.

The group is pushing for a ballot referral to eliminate the use of photo enforcement by any state agency and local governments.

The ban would apply to photo radar that detects speeding motorists, as well as those who ignore traffic signs at intersections.

The Senate Judiciary Committee gave the referral the green light Tuesday by a 4-1 vote. The full Senate still needs to approve the proposal.

House and Senate leaders ultimately make the decision about which measures would make it to the November ballot, including SCR1029, sponsored by Senate Majority Whip Frank Antenori.

Critics of photo enforcement charge that some local governments are using the system chiefly to raise revenues.

They also say the system lacks the ability to appreciate the nuances of weather and road conditions, and would tag a motorist in situations where officers, if they were around, wouldn’t.

But a lobbyist for local governments said the measure infringes on local control.

Meanwhile, Stan Barnes, a lobbyist for Scottsdale-based American Traffic Solutions, which provides red light and speed-enforcement camera systems, said lawmakers shouldn’t pass along their responsibility of deciding policy to voters.

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