How your legislators voted on banning speed cameras


The voting broke down along party lines. The legislators in the Rules committee all voted in favor of HB2106 to ban speed cameras: Kirk Adams, Jack Brown, Martha Garcia, John McComish, Ben Miranda, Andrew Tobin, Steven Yarbrough, and Warde Nichols.

In the Appropriations committee, legislators Nancy McLain, Rick Murphy, Russ Jones, Vic Williams, Andy Biggs, and John Kavanagh voted in favor. Legislators Steve Court, Matt Heinz, David Schapira, and Kyrsten Sinema all voted against the ban.

In the Transportation and Infrastructure committee, legislators Judy Burges, Sam Crump, Nancy McLain, Frank Antenori and Andy Biggs voted in favor. Legislators Eric Meyer and Rae Waters voted against the ban.

Read more about the bill, sponsored by Sam Crump, here.


Comments

  1. John Keegan says

    Things to know about photo enforcement

    Last year the state legislature created a photo enforcement program to generate revenue for the state. Although there has been much discussion about the merits of the program, it appears that there will be no significant changes enacted this legislative session. It may be helpful to address what this program does; what it does not do; and how it is different from traffic safety programs.

    There are mixed results on the effectiveness of photo-enforcement programs. According to the April 15 Wall Street Journal, in many cases the accident severity and frequency actually rises as a result of the distraction created.

    Many Arizona cities have photo-radar programs, but they are fundamentally different from the state program. The city programs typically are created as part of a comprehensive traffic safety program in conjunction with the traffic code. The state’s program, by comparison, is only on state highways and is not in the traffic code but the portion of state law that deals with administrative functions. The fines, penalties, and procedures for the same offense are completely different between the two programs. The city programs use photo radar and take snapshots of traffic. The state system usually uses induction loop technology and continuously surveils all traffic for speeding violations and it has the ability to monitor any of a wide range of current or proposed infractions.

    Not every flash of the camera results in a ticket being issued. In some locations over 70% of the pictures taken do not meet the necessary requirements for a citation. Some reasons tickets are not issued include: the photo is of a car with Mexican license plates or driven by illegal aliens; motorcycle drivers wearing visored helmets; or the face or license plate is obscured. When a car is registered out-of-state or to a corporate owner an initial letter is generally sent but there is no follow-up by the state unless the driver voluntarily pays the fine.

    Receiving a photo ticket in the mail from either program is not considered legal service. You may certainly reply to it but you are under no legal obligation to do so. In order for the service of the ticket to be enforceable, it must be served by a police officer or process server. You are entitled to a court hearing if you request it. If you are ultimately found responsible, the cost of this service may be added to the fine.

    If you are cited by a city camera the potential fines vary according to the amount the speed exceeds the posted limit. Additionally, points are assessed against your license and can ultimately result in a suspension. If the citation is from the state program there are no points and the fine is a flat $165 regardless of the speed. Oddly, all tickets tack on a mandatory charge to pay for election campaigns for legislative candidates and other state politicians.

    City photo enforcement tickets are prosecuted by the local city attorney’s office. The state tickets are prosecuted by the county attorney’s office. According to the Arizona Republic on February 24, the Maricopa County Attorney announced that due to the questionable constitutionality of the state photo enforcement program, the most serious criminal traffic offenses will not be prosecuted. The less serous civil traffic offenses continue to be pursued in many courts by non-governmental contractors. Some judges, including myself, have questioned the constitutionality of the law but to date no case has worked the appeal maze to a final decision.

    Assuming the closing days of the legislative session do not produce a bill addressing photo enforcement, it is a good idea to know how these programs are similar and different in case you get your picture taken.

    John Keegan
    Justice of the Peace
    Arrowhead Justice Court

  2. You can certainly see the inequity in the system when someone like Brett Mecum going criminal speeds of 109 mph completely escapes punishment, while those of us who get snapped going 66 in a 55 that had formerly been 65 are forced to pay up. Let’s urge our legislators to pass this bill banning them on the highways. Right now, with less police officers on the road, the really dangerous drivers – drunk drivers – aren’t being caught.

  3. Grumpy Gus says

    John, part of the reason is that criminal charges carry a higher burden of proof than civil.

  4. FYI – Steve Court (Appropriations) is a conservative Republican from LD18.

    BTW – this stuff all happened in February and March. Why bring it up again when there’s so much new stuff to cover?

  5. The first line of this rerun is a flat out distortion. The entire rules committee (Dems included) voted Y and in Apps it was split. Two out of three committees cited did not have a party line vote.

    Come on…there are plenty of reasons to bag on the Dems but making stuff up to sound bad is just one more reason to question the validity of posts by Chewie or the Chewie Group.

    SA would be wise to ask for honesty, or at least a little less manufactured hyperbole, in posting by it’s most frequent contributor(s).

  6. Oberserve says

    John, you voted for the guys who votes yes on the photo radar.

    And, Ann, you’d vote for them again in your stated efforts toward compromise and being reasonable in terms of the budget.

  7. Oberserve-

    What’s next, “your momma” jabs?

  8. Kenny Jacobs says

    Ann, Oberserve makes things up. When he gets caught he uses the clever “I know you are but what am I?” defense.

  9. Oberserve says

    Kenny, that’s a lie. You have no evidence to demonstrate your post. It’s pure character assassination. Time for you to get the ole SA boot.

  10. Kenny Jacobs says

    Oberserve, when you quote someone word for word but can’t name the time or place it happened then it means you made up the quote. That makes you a liar and a fraud. When you “report” a quote but claim it’s my job to check out the authenticity of the quote, then you are foolish.

    BTW, how does one assassinate the character of someone writing under a pseudonym, even when that actor is clueless as to the responsibilities of publishing opinion?

  11. Kenny,

    Clearly Oberserve just needs sufficient rope.

  12. Oberserve says

    Here we go again Kenny.

    On this SA post
    http://sonoranalliance.com/?p=4353#comments

    I told you that Sal Deccio said

    “because we’ve invested so much in the light rail and because it’s losing so much money, we have to have high density housing to ensure that the light rail succeeds.”

    As you can see in comment #6 on that post, I replied that the quote was made at the last North Central Phoenix Homeowners Association meeting and that there were 40 witnesses. That is sufficient to verify on your own. End of story.

    Your continued protestations only demonstrate your dishonesty.

  13. Kenny Jacobs says

    Nice try Oberserve. How can someone quote someone word-for-word but not know what day it occurred or where the meeting took place?

    “Case-closed.”

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