AZ bill to ban red light cameras advances

Posted at 6:06 PM, Feb 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-22 22:48:51-05

Another bill moving through the state capitol would ban photo radar across the state.

House Bill 2540 made it through the first hurdle of the House panel on transportation.

The proposal backed by Rep. Kelly Townsend, R-Mesa, would ban any municipality from putting up photo radar, including red light and speed cameras.

Driver Miguel Rodriguez says he's been caught once by the electronic patrollers.

"I think one time it flashed at me when I was making a right turn...I got a ticket," he recalls.

The backer of the bill says it violates constitutional rights and could be flawed. Valley driver Emily Campos agrees and says, "Anything could go wrong, it's technology not a person."

Some drivers did say the red lights do make cars go slower and they should be used in areas like schools.

This isn't the first bill to try and be passed but previous proposals died going through the legislature.

The next hurdle for the bill is getting through the Rules Committee. If it doesn't get caught up there, it will move to the floor for a vote by Friday or Monday.