in the Oregon Senate that would have added to the list of cities
permitted to use photo radar to catch speeders is likely dead, according
to local media.
was sent back to the Senate Rules Committee Aug. 4 because it lacked
the votes to pass the Senate.
said the bill was doomed because of its controversial policing method,
the Statesman Journal reported.
proposal, already on the books in towns such as Bend, Eugene and
Portland, would permit a marked vehicle, usually a van, to be equipped
with computers and cameras that record the speed of an oncoming
driver. If a driver were caught speeding, a citation would then
be mailed to the registered owner.
of privacy invasion, unforeseen cost for drivers and indirect identification
set the bill back.
(perceived as) the black helicopter,” Senate Majority leader Kate
Brown, D-Portland, told the newspaper. “As kind of a too-much-government