Bill to ban red light traffic cameras and speeding camera advances in Colorado Senate

DENVER - A bill to ban red-light and speeding cameras has advanced to the full Senate, but the measure is facing strong opposition from local governments and police.

A Senate committee approved the measure on a bipartisan 3-2 vote Monday, referring it for a full debate in the chamber later.

The bill would forbid cities and towns from using the automated traffic enforcement devices.

The Colorado Municipal League, which represents more than 250 communities in the state, says it should be up to cities and towns to decide the matter on their own, and that the cameras are important to public safety. Several police chiefs testified in opposition of the bill also.

Supporters of the bill argue the cameras are used to generate revenue, not improve public safety.

Republican Senator Scott Refroe, of Greeley, cited a report by the Denver City Auditor which stated that police had not shown the specific public safety impact of either program.

“There are other ways to make intersections safer,” he said. “One is by extending the length of the yellow light.”

Ten states prohibit the use of photo radar or red-light camera enforcement, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

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