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Arizona Limit Photo Radar (2010)

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Limit Photo Radar did not appear on the November 2, 2010 ballot as an initiated state statute in the state of Arizona. It would have limited the use of photo radar systems. Photo radar systems were configured to issue speeding citations for violators traveling on state highways more than ten miles per hour above the posted speed limit. This initiative would have changed that to twenty miles per hour. The petition drive deadline to submit signatures for ballot consideration is July 1, 2010. However, sponsors did not file signatures by the deadline, according to the Arizona Secretary of State's office.[1]

Text of measure

Ballot Language

Be it enacted by the People of the State of Arizona:[1]

Section 1. Title 28, chapter 3, article 6, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended by adding section 28-711, to read:

28-711. Photo enforcement systems; limitation on citation issuance

Speeding citations shall not be issued in the State of Arizona based on evidence obtained from photo radar or any other photo enforcement system except in cases of excessive speeds defined as speeds exceeding the posted speed limit by more than twenty miles per hour.


Supporters made the following general arguments:[2]

  • Cameras are being inappropriately used to generate revenue.
    • Cameras lack the judgment necessary to increase public safety
    • Cameras do not immediately stop a public safety threat
    • Cameras will lead to fewer patrol vehicles
  • This measure is required to restrict cameras to a secondary purpose of enforcing criminal behavior
    • In the state of Arizona, criminal speeding on a highway is defined as over 20 miles per hour over the posted speed limit. The proposed ballot initiative would limit the use of photo radar to criminal speeding.


No formal opposition had been identified as of May 2009.

Ballotpedia readers should know that the Arizona Department of Public Safety disputed the general claim that the cameras are being used inappropriately, and defends their use as a commitment to reduce collisions.[3]

Path to the ballot

The group organizing the circulation effort must have gathered the required 153,365 signatures for proposed state statutes by the July 1, 2010 deadline.[4]


A lawsuit was rumored to be filed by Shawn Dow against the company that operated the cameras. Redflex would be shut down if the lawsuit was filed by Dow and was won. In addition, if the lawsuit was won by Dow, all those who have been ticketed by this program would have gotten refunds . According to Dow: "They're violating the law and the tickets have just been a scam. We're going to get refunds, just like the state of Minnesota did."[5]

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