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New law bans final speed cameras on state-maintained roads

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Those often-cursed photo radar cameras along two state roads are going away.

But don’t put the pedal to the metal just yet.

Gov. Doug Ducey on Monday signed the first-ever legislation to curb enforcement of laws on speeding and running red lights through radar and cameras.

It’s not really much. In fact, SB1241 simply makes it illegal for local communities to put photo enforcement on state-maintained roads. And there are only two places where they remain: on Grand Avenue, also known as U.S. 60, in El Mirage and on State Route 260 in Star Valley.

The speed cameras that had been installed on interstate highways a decade ago by then-Gov. Janet Napolitano were long since removed by her successor, Jan Brewer.

But that was simply an administrative decision. This is the first time lawmakers themselves have actually voted to force the cameras to go dark.

Gubernatorial press aide Annie Dockendorff pointed out that the legislation leaves intact the ability of local communities to have photo enforcement on their own locally maintained streets. In fact, legislation to outlaw photo radar outright has consistently fallen by the wayside — this year included — as lawmakers decided to preserve that local choice.

A separate measure to require cities to vote to install or keep their photo systems also faltered as others pointed out that already is an option. In fact, voters in Tucson took the issue to the polls last year and shut down their cameras, all without being forced to do so by lawmakers.

Ducey’s signature does not mean the cameras come down just yet. The legislation takes effect the 91st day after the end of the session which is likely to run another month or so.

5 comments

  1. Camera enforcement is a scam that has nothing to do with “safety.” See https://www.motorists.org/issues/

  2. This is one small nail in the coffin of money grab ticket cameras in Arizona. It is hard to totally bury the coffin because ATS and Redflex have headquarters in the state and have essentially “purchased” the votes of enough legislators to protect their highway robbery ticket camera scams.

    But the public has had enough, and the pressure to end the government run money grab racket of ticket cameras will continue to grow until the coffin can be totally buried.

    James C. Walker, Life Member – National Motorists Association

  3. Great..loss of another safety message. Now he Zonees in their 84 month Lien zoom-zooms can speed, run lights, et al with abandon. Funny how the little wankers were on their best behavior when they feared a photo in the mail.

  4. Hi there,

    Can we do the same thing that Tucson did, can We The People vote these money making camera’s out of Scottsdale, Paradise Valley and Phoenix?

    Thank you for your time,

    Rocky

  5. Contact your state Representatives and Senators.
    http://www.azleg.gov/alisStaticPages/HowToContactMember.asp

    Tell them politely but clearly that you appreciate the law banning the cameras on state highways, but what you insist upon is a law banning them statewide on all roads – including city streets. Tell them, again politely, that you are tired of ATS and Redflex “buying” enough votes to keep the predatory for-profit cameras in operation.

    Residents of cities with the cameras need to meet in person with the local elected officials to tell them politely but in absolutely clear terms that the cameras are no longer acceptable and must be taken down. Write anti-camera letters to the media. Hold street protests at camera sites and on the steps of city hall. Organize a group to attend every public meeting and have one or two people speak against the cameras. Check local laws to see if a citizen petition can put the issue on a public ballot where the cameras could be voted out. (Cams have lost 34 of 37 public votes so far.) Get your neighbors, friends, co-workers, etc. involved to raise the level of public objection so high that officials cannot ignore it.

    James C. Walker, Life Member – National Motorists Association

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