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Arizona may see speed camera issue on ballot

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January 14, 2010

PHOENIX, Arizona: The state of Arizona may see a measure on the November 2010 ballot that would allow voters to decide whether or not to ban speed cameras. According to reports, profits from the speed cameras are below the state’s expectations and Governor Jan Brewer is not backing the program.

The effort to place the measure on the ballot is being led by Arizona Citizens Against Photo Radar. According to Shawn Dow, chairman of the organization: “I see all the cameras in Arizona completely coming down. The citizens of Arizona took away the cash cow of Arizona by refusing to pay.” Drivers are ignoring tickets they get in the mail, after their images are captured from the cameras, and do so due to the lack of consequences. The argument for the cameras, according to supporters, is that they slow down drivers and reduce accidents. However, opponents stay they are intrusive and are more about raking in revenue. Last year, Arizona became the first state to implement this system on highways.[1]

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