AZ Attorney General writes opinion on photo enforcement

- The City of Phoenix is considering turning off photo enforcement cameras following an opinion by the Arizona Attorney General.

In a opinion dated March 16, AG Mark Brnovich wrote that the third-party companies administering the photo traffic enforcement systems were in violation of Arizona Revised Statutes.

"As of now each of the cities are scrambling to turn off their cameras because their programs are illegal they cannot rectify the program," said Shawn Dow with the Arizona Campaign for Liberty.

Specifically Brnovich refers to ARS 3204(16)(b) which he says requires those photo enforcement companies to be licensed private investigators. Under the law there are exemptions to the licensing requirements for insurance adjusters and peace officers.

On Friday, sources with the City of Phoenix Police Department told FOX 10 the city is considering turning off the cameras after the opinion.

"They don't have that licensing, they know they've never had that licensing, they knew it was illegal but they did it anyway because they were greedy and they wanted your money," said Dow.

The impact on pending and previously settled photo enforcement violations is unclear.

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