Arizona Save Speed Cameras Proposal (2010)

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The Arizona Save Speed Cameras Proposal did not appear on the November 2, 2010 ballot in the state of Arizona. The measure was proposed by Governor of Arizona Jan Brewer, as the governor was trying to save the camera program that her predecessor implemented. Speed cameras were placed along highways in the state, enforcing $181 tickets to motorists who were above the speed limit. The bill would have included a requirement for warning signs near camera locations and that a portion of the fines collected be used to upgrade law enforcement equipment. The measure was being sponsored by Senator Linda Gray.[1][2]

Brewer introduced the proposal in her budget, stating: "The executive proposes referring the continuation of photo enforcement to the voters in November 2010." The Public Safety and Human Services Committee voted in support of the measure, 6-1, on February 10, 2010. It then moved to the Senate Rules Committee for consideration. The measure was not sent to the ballot when the legislature adjourned on April 28, 2010.[3][4]

An initiative is currently circulating to repeal the state speed cameras. The state first implemented the speed camera system in 2008, when former governor Janet Napolitano predicted safer highways and approximately $90 million of revenue from ticket payments. However, the projected number of revenue had fallen considerably short.[5][6]

Support

The Public Safety and Human Services Committee stated their support for the proposed ballot measure, voting 6-1 for the bill on February 10, 2010.[5]

Path to the ballot

The proposed measure was a legislatively-referred state statute, which meant the state legislature in that state must have voted to put it before the voters. Arizona is one of 22 states that refer statutes to the ballot. As of March 16, 2010, the proposed ballot measure was awaiting Senate floor debate.[2]

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