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Ban on city-based traffic cameras dies in Arizona House

A bill that would’ve banned city-based photo radar died in the state House Transportation Committee on Friday.

It would’ve barred the use of cameras for traffic enforcement.

Fountain Hills Councilman Allen Skillicorn argued in favor of the bill, saying cameras aren’t fair.

“They’re unfair to the motorist because the driver does not get ticketed. The owner of the car gets ticketed. So, just imagine your grandchild borrows your car, and three weeks later you show up with a fine in your mailbox and you didn’t do anything wrong," he said.

But Scottsdale police Lt. Chris DiPiazza argued against the bill, citing enforcement statistics.

“The findings indicate that total crashes at enforced intersections dropped significantly. More notably, severe injury and fatal crashes were reduced by 49% at those intersections,” he said.

Paradise Valley Town Councilmember Anna Thomasson also agreed with the lieutenant, citing the success of photo radar in that municipality.

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