Senate bill would require vote for cities to use photo radar

Senate bill would require vote for cities to use photo radar

PHOENIX (AP) – The Arizona Senate has given initial approval to a bill requiring cities and towns to get voter approval if they want to use photo radar or red light enforcement.

The new proposal by Republican Sen. Steve Smith is the latest in a series of bills that emerge each year to limit the use of electronic speed and red light enforcement.

Senate Bill 1520 requires cities and towns to give voters a chance to approve photo enforcement at the next general election. If voters don’t approve the systems must be taken down.

It awaits a formal Senate vote after Thursday‘s voice vote.

Another bill targeting photo enforcement has passed the Senate and awaits House action. Senate Bill 1241 would ban photo radar on state highways but affect just two cities.

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press.

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Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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