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DENVER (AP) - A statewide ban on red-light and speeding cameras has won initial approval in the Colorado Senate after a lively debate over whether the cameras improve safety, or just provide money for local governments.

There were backers and opponents from both parties Thursday when the bill was approved on an unrecorded voice vote. A more formal vote is required before the red-light camera ban heads to the House.

Sponsors say the automated traffic enforcement devices don't improve safety. They argued Thursday that the cameras are used as a "cash grab." But defenders said that the cameras make streets safer while saving police time.

Ten states prohibit the use of photo radar or red-light camera enforcement.

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