State house guts traffic cam ban

DENVER – A committee of state house legislators voted Monday to remove the meat from a bill that would ban traffic enforcement cameras across the state, pending a study by CDOT.

The House Veterans and Military Affairs committee voted 6-5 to remove language banning the red light cameras and speed enforcement cameras, instead replacing it with a study. CDOT would look at the effectiveness of traffic cameras and report back to the general assembly by Jan. 1.

The move comes after the bill was criticized by cities across the state. Monday morning, several mayors, including Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, sent a letter to lawmakers urging them to vote against the bill.

At Monday's hearing, officers from a handful of agencies testified that the cameras had reduced accidents and deaths in their jurisdictions. They also reiterated that the revenue from the tickets isn't their main concern.

The sponsors of the original bill, including House Speaker Mark Ferrandino (D-Denver) claimed the cameras don't really add an extra layer of safety.

The amended bill will be sent to another state house committee. If it passes the house, it would still have to return to the senate, which approved the bill earlier this month.

(KUSA-TV © 2014 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)


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