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House votes to ban speed cameras on state highways

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The days for photo radar on state roads may be numbered.

With little discussion, the state House voted 32-26 on March 10 to make it illegal for the state or local communities to erect speed cameras on any state highway. That covers any road maintained by the state, usually identified by having a route number.

SB1241 also would ban cameras to catch those who run red lights.

The legislation already has been approved by the Senate. But it needs one more roll-call vote there because the House made a minor change in wording.

And if Sen. Debbie Lesko, R-Peoria, can keep supporters of the law on board, the measure will then go to Gov. Doug Ducey.

Gubernatorial press aide Daniel Scarpinato said his boss wants to take a close look at the issue before deciding what to do.

The change, if signed into law, would most immediately affect two communities.

El Mirage has speed cameras on Grand Avenue, more formally known as U.S. 60. Star Valley has several along the stretch of State Route 260 that goes through the center of that community.

But it also would block any future efforts by cities and counties to use photo enforcement on any of the state roads going through their towns.

It also would prevent future governors from doing what Janet Napolitano did nearly a decade ago when, as governor, she had the Department of Public Safety install speed cameras on freeways in the Phoenix area.

Napolitano argued it was all about safety. But the governor conceded she was counting on revenues from speeders to help balance the budget.

Her successor, Jan Brewer, had the cameras removed.

3 comments

  1. Ducey will veto this bill. He has to take care of his corporate friends.

  2. This is one small step in reducing the stranglehold that ATS and Redflex have on the state legislature to keep their highway robbery money grab ticket cameras scams operating in their home state. If governments were not the for-profit business partners in the ticket camera rackets, they might be prosecuted as ongoing criminal enterprises under RICO statutes.
    James C. Walker, Life Member – National Motorists Association

  3. That might be true, a number of Arizona politicians care more about their relationships with ATS and Redflex than they care about justice, fairness and even traffic safety. They are perfectly happy to let ATS and Redflex strong arm local venues into mis-engineering the traffic lights for less safety and more tickets.

    It is a despicable set of non-values, but unfortunately true in Arizona and some other states where ticket camera revenue trumps traffic safety overall.

    James C. Walker, Life Member – National Motorists Association

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