Arizona

Nov 13, 2012 12:56 PM by Associated Press

Phoenix proposal targets light rail fare evaders

PHOENIX - Voters in Phoenix will be asked in a special election in March to approve a measure that would give private security guards the authority to ticket passengers who don't pay a fare when riding on the metro area's light rail system.

The Arizona Republic reports that the only people who can now issue such civil citations are police officers and their assistants.

The proposed change is subject to a vote of Phoenix's residents because the change requires an amendment to the city charter.

City Council members voted unanimously last week to put on the proposal on the March 12 ballot.

The crackdown on people who take advantage of the light rail's "honor system" for fare payments has already begun.

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