Arizona cities must prove photo enforcement need

“Newly signed legislation will put restrictions on future photo-radar installations on state highways, and could force removal of existing installations when their permits expire.

Under the new law, cities will have to prove that they are not simply installing the devices to raise revenues. They must demonstrate that the cameras will increase safety.

The bill’s sponsor, Representative Debbie Lesko, pushed the legislation out of concern that “people thought that photo radar on state highways would no longer exist after Governor Brewer decided not to renew the state’s contract a few years ago.” She said that she believed “the use of photo radar systems should be based on public safety needs.”

There are photo radar cameras on state highways in El Mirage, Globe, Prescott Valley, Show Low, Star Valley, Superior and Tucson.

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