Colorado weighs ban on traffic enforcement cameras

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 4, 2014 at 6:07 pm •  Published: April 4, 2014
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DENVER (AP) — A proposal to ban red-light and speeding cameras in Colorado is back at the Capitol, and the bill sponsor says he has more support than when he pitched the idea two years ago.

The bill from Greeley Republican Sen. Scott Renfroe would forbid cities and towns from using the automated traffic enforcement devices. He introduced it Friday.

The measure is identical to what Renfroe sponsored in 2012. The Colorado Municipal League opposed that bill, saying it should be up to cities and towns to decide the matter on their own.

Renfroe argues the cameras are used to make money, not to improve public safety.

"I mean, it's exponential the amount of revenue that is brought in, and our intersections should be about safety and not about a revenue generator," he said.

Two years ago, Renfroe's proposal was defeated quickly at its first committee. But has more bipartisan support this year, including the backing of Democratic House Speaker Mark Ferrandino, who will sponsor the bill in that chamber if it passes the Senate.

Renfroe said he's concerned that with automated cameras, "the accused isn't confronted by their accuser, and that's a huge problem." He also argues there are other ways to improve safety at intersections, including modifying traffic signals so yellow lights last longer.