Red light camera study bill rejected by House committee

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DENVER — There will be no bill targeting red light cameras and photo radar vans this year after a House committee killed a measure Wednesday.

By an 8-5 vote, a proposal to fund a study on whether the cameras and vans should be banned was rejected by the House Appropriations Committee.

Senate Bill 181 passed the state Senate and would have banned the cameras and vans. But when it went to the House this week, it was amended to just be a study bill after mayors and law enforcement came out forcefully against it.

Now there won’t even be a study.

Supporters of the cameras and vans say they are deterrent to reducing traffic accidents, while opponents say they are merely revenue generators.

3 comments

  • Robert Gift

    “Supporters of the cameras and vans say they are deterrent to reducing traffic accidents, while opponents say they are merely revenue generators.”
    They be both.

  • James Walker

    The rea$on$ thi$ bill is oppo$ed by $ome are obviou$ to mo$t ob$erver$, and tho$e rea$on$ do NOT include safety.
    Speed cameras produce profits ONLY when the posted limits are set far below the safest speeds. Red light cameras produce profits ONLY when the yellow intervals are set too short for the actual approach speeds. Both types of cameras issue the vast majority of tickets to safe drivers using deliberately mis-engineered traffic controls that then reduce safety overall in order to produce more money grab tickets.

    The mayors and other local politicians that get the profits have successfully tricked House members’ votes to keep the money grabs operational. It is sad to see money win out over safety.

    James C. Walker, Life Member-National Motorists Association

  • Paul Henry

    Colorado like elsewhere has the best government camera scheme vendors can buy. Who do the legislators represent, the camera scheme vendors and local officials or the people of Colorado? If the camera scheme is about safety, then why is an appropriations (MONEY) committee hearing the bill? It’s NOT about safety, it’s ALL about money.

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