DENVER - State lawmakers are a step closer to banning red-light and speeding cameras, but there are questions about how Governor John Hickenlooper will handle the bill.
Gov. John Hickenlooper told our partners at The Denver Post that he's noncommittal about the bill and hasn't seen the the latest version.
"I think there are a number of people that feel a level of anger over what they feel is an intrusion and is not making their roads safer, and their opinion is that it's a way for local governments to try to increase their revenues," Hickenlooper told the Post when asked about his personal views on the concept of banning photo red-light cameras. "That creates a real frustration in a lot of elected officials."
The Senate passed the bill Monday on a 21-14 and the House will now consider it.
Supporters say the cameras are used by local governments to generate revenue, not improve safety. Sponsors of the bill also argue the cameras infringe on people's privacy.
But opponents of the bill say the cameras make streets safer while saving police time.
A poll released Wednesday from the left-leaning Public Policy Polling found that 50 percent of Coloradans support red-light cameras at "dangerous intersections" to discourage drivers from running red lights, while 39 percent do not.
Ten states prohibit the use of photo radar or red-light camera enforcement.
The bill has a good chance of passing the House because Democratic Speaker Mark Ferrandino is sponsoring it.
Senate Bill 181: http://goo.gl/VybeAP