Arizona Speed Camera Ban (2008)

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The Speed Camera Ban or Senate Concurrent Resolution 1032 was a legislative referral proposed by the Arizona Senate to ban speed cameras and ticketing from state roads.

The resolution was referred to the Rules Committee on February 12, 2008 as a potential statewide ballot measure, but no further action was taken.[1]

Governor of Arizona Janet Napolitano proposed SCR 1032 to take speed camera technology statewide. Under the proposal, there would have been as many as 170 mobile, stationary, and red-light cameras installed throughout the state of Arizona over a five-year period.

The measure would have applied only to state roads and estimates were that it would have resulted in about one million new citations, netting the state $90 million in enhanced revenue.

The proposal met with considerable resistance. The Arizona Republic gathered 30 emails with a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request. Of these emails, there were contentions that the measure was intended as a source of revenue, having nothing to do with public safety. One letter objecting to the plan referred to it as "communist." Another, from someone outside the state, swore never to vacation in Arizona again if the cameras were installed. Only one email supported the plan.[2]

Support

Then-governor Janet Napolitano supported approval of the speed cameras statewide installation.

Lt. Robert Ticer, a lobbyist for the Arizona Department of Safety, worked to promote the measure. He insisted that cameras would allow for patrol officers to spend more time catching dangerous criminals, like drunk drivers.

Opposition

Members of the Arizona state Senate Transportation Committee, especially Chairman Sen. Ron Gould (Lake Havasu City-R), opposed the plan.[3]

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