Proposed bill would eliminate red light cameras

Published: Feb. 4, 2013 at 12:09 PM MST|Updated: Feb. 11, 2013 at 12:10 PM MST
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - There is a chance the state could pull the plug on those red light cameras in Sierra Vista and across Arizona.  That could happen if a proposed bill is approved in the state capital.

Under the proposed bill, drivers would not have to worry about getting a ticket here unless there is an officer present.

The ban is proposed by Campaign for Liberty, a self-described, citizens' rights organization.  The group believes the only tickets issued in Arizona should come from sworn officers, not a private organization.

They also say there are more car accidents at those intersections. However, an ASU study from 2007 says there are fewer crashes.

One of the companies, who makes and monitors red light cameras, said they make drivers slow down and become safer on the road, but they will not comment on specific legislation until it's introduced.

That is expected to happen tomorrow.  If the bill is passed in the state legislature, it would go in effect as soon as Gov. Jan Brewer signs it.

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