Colorado bill to ban red-light cameras advances; supporters say cams boost revenue, not safety

DENVER - Colorado lawmakers advanced a measure to ban red-light and speeding cameras, but they're 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.

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