Apr 11, 2013 8:08 PM by Lupita Murillo
TUCSON- Governor Brewer puts a red light on photo enforcement cameras on our state highways.
The bill she signed says transportation officials must confirm a legitimate safety need before letting cities put up the cameras.
The city of Tucson has one photo enforcement camera on State Highway 77, or Oracle and River Roads.
Anthony Rowles is a bike rider but normally he's in his car at River and Oracle. He's thrilled the governor and the state legislature are doing something about the photo enforcement. "It think it's a great decision it's been a long time in coming and it's about time. These things are costing people that don't have a lot of money in this economy a lot of money."
With this new bill the city will have to prove that the cameras aren't just there for the cash, but for public safety. In a statement to News 4, City Attorney Mike Rankin says: "The city is aware the HB 2477 has been signed by the governor and will become the law 90 days after the current session of the Legislature ends. The city will comply with the new law by providing information to state transportation officials before renewing any contracts for existing photo enforcement systems. The city believes that this information will demonstrate the positive impact that these systems have on public safety."
Jim Shue favors the photo enforcement. "Whether you like it or not I think people need to be reminded they need to keep their act in order."
According to the city there have been 24 fewer collisions in six years at River and Oracle.
Sisters Isabel and Maritza Zamarron are just as happy to see the cameras gone. "I think it's a good idea to not have them." says Isabel. Maritza believes, "Me personally I have driven one of those times where it takes a picture and it's not legit. It's a green light and it starts taking pictures and they sent me something in the mail and you have to go fight it. It takes time and it's an inconvenience really."
For now the city can keep these cameras clicking, but after their contract is up, they'll have to prove this intersection is safer with the cameras.