State GOPers Want Photo-Radar Gone for Good

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Photo-radar enforcement is done-zo on Arizona highways, but several Republicans in the Arizona state Legislature say that's not good enough -- they want it banned everywhere.

While state-wide photo-radar enforcement was given the heave-ho by voters last year, it still exists in cities across the state -- and a bill making its way through the Arizona Legislature would put an end to that, as well.

SB 1352, sponsored by several Senate Republicans, including Senator Frank Antenori, was given the green light last night by the Senate Government Reform Committee.

The bill would prohibit the use of photo-radar enforcement to identify people violating traffic signal laws, like running red lights, and for speed enforcement anywhere in the state.

Proponents of the bill echo many of the concerns raised when voters opted to ditch the cameras last year. They say the cameras do nothing to keep roads safer, and they're nothing more than a money grab for governments to cash in on reckless drivers.

Those opposed say photo-radar enforcement saves lives.

Either way, it seems the Grand Canyon State is gearing up for another battle over whether a camera can do the job of a cop.

Read the entire bill here.

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Man-In-Black
Man-In-Black

Cameras enforce small violations by safe drivers. Accidents occur from large violations by unsafe drivers. What they enforce is not what they claim. The cameras must go because the contractors must use unfair tactics to maintain profits. Enforcement and profit should never be associated together.

The Man-In-Black

Anon
Anon

like the for-profit prison industry coming our way unless the people wake up!

Glyph
Glyph

Yeah, keep the cameras, otherwise WhatTheHeck will have to find a new line of work. Go to CameraFraud.com, get informed, and realize that these cameras have nothing to do with safety, and everything to do with making money.

WhatTheHeck
WhatTheHeck

The cameras catch law breakers, reduce the number of cops doing the same work, help prevent accidents by making people slow down and bring in fines as income - please keep the cameras.

pro-tech
pro-tech

Interesting that a certain political party can at once vote to control a woman's body, same-sex couples from marrying or adopting, unmarried couples and single adults from adopting, extend the patriot act, vote for a "kill switch" on the internet, yet this is a top priority when in fact it saves taxpayers money by not having to have a single officer that costs $80K a year in salary, benefits, vehicle/equipment costs, etc. from writing tickets instead of responding to more serious crimes. what's next - a law to ban security tags from retail goods because an officer needs to witness a crime being committed instead of relying on affordable technology to do a job while saving taxpayers money? I'd rather a ton of people get speeding tickets and their insurance increased instead of mine. but wait, these lawmakers voted to ban requirements for health insurance too - so we don't have to have health insurance as arizonans but we are legally required to have car insurance? wtf?

PhotoRadarscam
PhotoRadarscam

This is NOT a partisan issue and you need to educate yourself. The cameras do NOT replace cops, and the cameras have INCREASED accidents. Why do you want to raise revenue at the expense of the health and safety of all drivers?

eclecticdog
eclecticdog

Here Here! this is the one thing I can agree with the AZ Legislature on. It nothing but highway robbery. Go stand in the line in the Paradise Valley Townhall and see how many poor people are paying the town's bills so the PV rich don't have to.

botanybay
botanybay

James,

Just setting the record straight. This issue never actually made it to the statewide ballot. CameraFraud.org was not able to gather enough signatures. Brewer's new DPS guy is the one who canceled the contract with Redflex. At this point, without a legislative halt to it, it could potentially be brought back at any time.

Had it made it to the ballot, Redflex and ATS were prepared to spend a LOT of money opposing it. So it's probably better this way. Had it gone on the ballot, you'd have seen dozens of commercials with dead and crippled children starring in them.

James King
James King

Ahhh, you're right. I forgot how that one ultimately played out. Sort of got lost in the shuffle with 1070 (and my dumb ass didn't bother to double check my failing memory). Thanks for the refresher -- it won't happen again.

JK

Scott Phelps
Scott Phelps

These folks are doing such a swell job managing Arizona that it is now time for them to save the cities. God help us.... our leadership certainly can't.

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

Brought to you by your "Law and Order" and "Uphold the Law" Republicans.

ExpertShot
ExpertShot

The legislators want the red light cameras gone cause they can't bribe a camera!

PhotoRadarscam
PhotoRadarscam

Actually, legislators are immune from photo tickets while they are in session.

ExpertShot
ExpertShot

Actually, the legislators want the red light cameras gone cause they can't bribe a camera - WHILE THEY ARE OUT OF SESSION!

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