Hick vetoes red-light camera bills

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Gov. John Hickenlooper
  • Gov. John Hickenlooper
No surprise: Gov. John Hickenlooper has vetoed two bills aimed at nixing red-light cameras.

House Bill 1098 would have banned the cameras, which are used by police to dole out tickets, while Senate Bill 276 would have required voter approval for the cameras.

Hickenlooper had previously said that he supported the cameras as a way to keep roads safe. In the release below, he says he would support a reduction in the use of the cameras, but not a ban.
Gov. Hickenlooper vetoes “red light” and “photo radar” bills

DENVER — Wednesday, June 3, 2014 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today vetoed SB 15-276 “Concerning the Elimination of the Use of Automated Vehicle Identification Systems for Traffic Law Enforcement” and HB 15-1098 “Concerning the Elimination of the Use of Automated Surveillance Camera Vehicle Identification Systems for Traffic Enforcement.”

“Speeding and disregard for traffic signals are a danger for all drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians. These actions have very real, at times fatal, consequences,” said Hickenlooper. “While not always popular, when used correctly, radar and red light cameras make roads safer. Unfortunately, these bills go too far.”

“To that end, we encourage the General Assembly to enact legislation in 2016 that limits photo radar and red light cameras to only the following locations: (1) school zones; (2) construction and roadway work zones; and (3) areas with disproportionately high traffic and pedestrian accidents, injuries, and fatalities. Secondly, legislation should require that fine revenue be used solely for traffic safety improvements and enforcement, rather than general operating funds or non-transportation purposes.”

The governor also directed the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) to study the use of automated traffic enforcement systems.

“Together, we can create legislation that continues to allow cities and towns to decide what is best for themselves, while also protecting the safety of drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians.”

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