Arizona voters would get the final say on speed cameras
under a bill moving through the state's Senate. Other efforts related to camera
use also are drawing consideration.
The Senate Transportation Committee voted 3-1 to approve
legislation that would allow voters to decide whether to post speed enforcement
cameras along roadways in the state. Local streets would remain under the
authority of cities.
Sen. Ron Gould, R-Lake Havasu City, offered the referendum -
SCR1027 - to put the issue of speed cameras on the 2008 ballot. His effort was
unveiled after Gov. Janet Napolitano directed the Arizona Department of Public
Safety to identify roadways in the state where photo enforcement should be
used, the East Valley Tribune
Napolitano has been touting the use of speed cameras
statewide since the city of Scottsdale used them for nine months a year ago
along a stretch of Loop 101. The governor said the cameras that dotted a
7.8-mile stretch of the highway from Scottsdale Road to Shea Boulevard appeared
to alter the behavior of drivers.
During the test period the cameras helped the city generate
about $800,000 in profits, The Arizona
Republic reported. The cameras were reactivated along the stretch of
roadway Feb. 22.
Rep. Michele Reagan R-Scottsdale, has offered a bill to rein
in revenues from speed-camera tickets. Her bill - HB2655 - would earmark all
city profits from tickets to a state fund for road work.
Reagan said she only wants to make sure that cities looking
to post cameras to state highways aren't motivated to fill city coffers. The
bill is in committee.
Another change sought by Adams has been killed by the House
Transportation Committee. The bill - HB2442 - would have made it easier for
drivers nabbed for speeding by cameras to escape fines and points on their
licenses. It would have allowed people to have three photo-radar tickets
dismissed if they are willing to attend traffic school within any 24-month
period. Arizona law now allows one.
The Senate Transportation Committee rejected a bill to
outlaw blatant efforts by speedy drivers to avoid penalties and fines. Sen. Ken
Cheuvront, D-Phoenix, offered a bill -SB1156 - that would have prohibited
drivers from put anything on license plates that obscures the letters and