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DENVER (AP) — Republican lawmakers want to ban red-light cameras in Colorado, saying municipalities are using them as revenue boosters that do little for traffic safety.
A bill introduced this week would prohibit cities and towns from using the automated traffic enforcement devices on streets or highways, joining several other states that have done so already. There’s dispute over whether cameras that capture speeding would also be banned.
“I think when you look at the role of government within this, we should be about safety and not about generating revenue,” Weld County Republican Sen. Scott Renfroe, the sponsor of the bill, said Friday. “And I think the data is really starting to fall out that red-light cameras are more of a revenue source than increase of safety.”