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Photo radar ban emerges again in Arizona Legislature

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A freshman Republican lawmaker has taken the lead in the Arizona’s Legislature’s yearly attempt to prohibit photo speed and red light traffic violation enforcement in Arizona.

Rep. Travis Grantham of Gilbert wants state law amended to bar use of photo radar and red light cameras devices statewide.

Lawmakers opposed to the devices won a small victory last year by banning their use on state highways, but efforts to ban them outright failed when cities and towns persuaded enough lawmakers that the devices increase safety.

The annual effort typically splits majority Republicans between those who back cities’ efforts to cut down on speeding or red light runners and others who view the devices as a Constitutional violation because drivers cannot confront live witnesses in court, or simply unfair to drivers.

Grantham declined to comment on House Bill 2525, saying he wanted to wait until a Wednesday hearing before the House Appropriations Committee.

House majority whip Rep. Kelly Townsend, R-Mesa, said she has gone back and forth on her views of the proposals for the past several years.

“The sentiment among my constituents is that they are against them,” Townsend said. “Earlier, two years before, I voted to keep them. And then the more I looked at them from a Constitutional perspective I had to agree that they are problematic from that angle.”

Last year, she sponsored legislation to ban the camera statewide but it failed in the House. Democrats and some Republicans joined to defeat her measure.

Rep. Doug Coleman, R-Apache Junction, said he supported last year’s ban on the use of cameras on state highways, but not the one banning use by cities and towns.

The state itself doesn’t run any photo enforcement programs. But the communities of Star Valley in Gila County and the western Phoenix suburb of El Mirage used them on local stretches of state highways.

“The issue with that bill for me isn’t the decision itself, it’s where the decision is being made,” Coleman said of Grantham’s proposal Tuesday. “I think that decision ought to be made at a local level.”

Photo enforcement is a passionate issue for many opponents.

Rep. Rusty Bowers, R-Mesa, said he’s dead-set against photo radar, which he said takes human judgment out of the equation.

“It’s a principle issue,” Bowers said. “If you’re going to stop me and cite me with all the ramifications of a citation, I want it to be a person.”

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  1. Photo radar is nothing but a scam. Accidents actually increase at photo radar controlled red lights, and jurisdictions have been found to decrease yellow light times to rip-off more motorists. For more info and proof go here: https://www.motorists.org/issues/red-light-cameras/ and here: https://www.motorists.org/issues/speed-cameras/

  2. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety said red-light-running crashes caused 709 deaths and 126,000 injuries in 2014. The 709 deaths represent 2 percent of the 32,675 people killed in traffic accidents in 2014, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Most of those killed by red-light-running vehicles are not the drivers, but passengers, pedestrians, and bicyclists, the IIHS said.

    Intersections, where red light running cameras were removed, had a per capita fatality rate 30% higher than when the camera enforcement deterrent was in place.

  3. The IIHS shills for the scamera industry. That, and other articles about how the IIHS is not a reliable source, can be found here: https://www.motorists.org/?s=Insurance+Institute+for+Highway+Safety

  4. Nothing but another state sponsored scam.

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