Photo enforcement ban hits red light; SB 1167 fails in Senate committee

Photo radar and red light cameras have been a source of controversy since the first one was installed in Arizona.

Supporters say they save lives, but opponents call them an invasion of privacy.

On Monday, a Senate committee voted on a bill that would ban the cameras across the state.

Photo enforcement won't be going away in Arizona after all -- at least not any time soon.

The bill to ban cameras, SB 1167, failed by a vote of 13 to 15.  Four Republicans joined with Democrats in killing the bill.

Senator Kelli Ward sponsored it and still maintains the cameras are a violation of drivers' rights.

"It's unconstitutitional on many, many levels.  It violates many of our bill of rights, our own rights and that people who were voting against the bill were voting against our Constitution and I stand by that," she said.

Ward says she's not giving up though and will work to convince the opponents that the cameras should be shut off for good.

"I wouldn't count it out as geing gone," said Ward.

But Ward knows she'll have more work to do at the State Capitol in convincing the lawmakers to pass a bill banning the cameras.

"People have the idea that that prevents people from speeding and that prevents people from running red lights, but if that were the case, there wouldn't be any tickets being issued by those cameras."

One House bill banning license suspension for unpaid photo radar tickets is advancing but a second failed in committee.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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