ELECTION: Tucson voters boot red light cameras

Published: Nov. 3, 2015 at 10:20 PM MST|Updated: Dec. 30, 2015 at 3:10 AM MST
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Tucson residents have spoken and the red light cameras are history.

According to Pima County officials, the following results include all 135 precincts and 100 percent of the mail-in ballots.

One of the most talked about issues on the Nov. 3 ballot, Proposition 201, was passed 42,526 votes (65.5 percent) to 22,400 votes (34.5 percent). That means the red light cameras are on their way out. They will, however, remain operational until the Secretary of State verifies the results. The city's contract with the camera operator, which remains current, may affect when the cameras are turned off.

In September, a group called Tucson Traffic Justice turned in a 50,000-signature petition. On Aug. 5, the Tucson City Council voted 6-0 to put the proposition on the ballot to let voters decide.

Supporters of the cameras argued they save lives and law enforcement resources. Opponents claim they are predatory, catch people who miss the light by less than half of a second and can cause more accidents.

A report released by the Tucson Police Department showed between 2006 and 2015, accidents decreased by 70 percent in intersections with red light cameras.

Two years ago, Pima County supervisors voted to remove dozens of speed cameras after public concerns and lack of revenue generation.

Tucson residents voted on three other propositions:

PROPOSITION 403: The proposition passed 46,353 votes (71.65 percent) to 18,344 votes (28.35 percent). The proposition will amend the Tucson City Charter to provide for equal voting rights for the mayor on matters on which the council votes.

PROPOSITION 404: The proposition passed 43,994 votes (68.83 percent) to 19,921 votes (31.17 percent). The proposition will provide for uniform method of appointment and removal of city department directors and eliminate civil service rights from those officers.

PROPOSITION 405: The proposition failed 39,517 votes (60.75 percent) to 25,532 votes (39.25 percent). The proposition would have increased the salary of the mayor from $3,500 to $4,030 per month and increase the council member salaries from $2,000 to $2,288 per month.

Complete election results are available HERE.

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