Senate passes bill to ban red light cameras, photo radar

Red light camera. Courtesy: MGNOnline.com

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DENVER — A bill to ban red light cameras and photo radars in the state passed the Colorado Senate on Monday in a 21-14 vote.

The bill now moves to the House.

“Red light cameras jeopardize public safety and invade the personal privacy of Coloradans,” said State Sen. Scott Renfroe, R-Greeley, the sponsor of the bill. “After carrying this bill for three years unsuccessfully, I’m very optimistic it will become law this year.

“I commend my Senate colleagues for their votes on this bill and urge the House to quickly pass it and Governor Hickenlooper to sign it when it reaches his desk.”

RELATED: Read the bill here.

There is bipartisan support for the ban, which supporters say the cameras and photos are used just to generate revenue, not to improve safety. Opponents of the ban say they are necessary to keep the public safe.

Democratic Speaker Mark Ferrandino is sponsoring the bill in the House.


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