John Kromko is again asking Tucson voters to sign on the dotted line.
The former state legislator is collecting signatures to place an initiative on the November 2015 ballot prohibiting traffic enforcement cameras inside the city limits.
He attempted a similar measure last year but failed to collect enough valid signatures.
While Kromko collected more than 22,000 signatures, the Pima County Recorder’s Office determined that roughly half were actually from residents living outside city limits.
So Kromko began collecting signatures all over again for the new initiative, starting several weeks ago at the Fourth Avenue Street Fair.
The three-day event holds a special place in Kromko’s heart.
He began gathering signatures at the Fourth Avenue Street Fair 40 years ago for a petition to ban the sales tax on food.
Kromko has been involved in more than a dozen initiatives, referenda or recalls in the last four decades.
He gathered more than 3,600 signatures at the recent street fair, but before turning them in next year, he wants tens of thousands of additional signatures from civil libertarians, privacy advocates and those who have gotten a red light ticket in the mail.
Kromko isn’t thrilled about having to wait until 2015, but said he believes the issue is important enough to spend roughly the next two years fighting city hall.
He has a long list of complaints about the cameras, which were first installed here seven years ago.
Some are worth considering. They include:
- Fighting with robots. While a uniformed police officer might not be able to show up for a court date, evidence from the cameras is just a click away and will always make it to courthouse.
- Those photographs can capture a lot more than just your license plate.
Sure, there is conflicting data out there about whether the cameras make intersections safer.
But for the moment, Kromko just wants your signature so residents of Tucson can decide for themselves whether red light cameras should be watching intersections.
Down the Road
- Crews working for the Tucson Department of Transportation will close one lane of Congress Street at the intersection of Sixth Avenue to repair the stamped concrete crosswalk at the intersection on Wednesday and Thursday.
Parking along Congress Street near the intersection of Sixth Avenue may be restricted during construction.
- The Arizona Department of Transportation will close the right lane on eastbound Interstate 10 and the left lane on the eastbound I-10 frontage road near Ina Road on Monday and Tuesday between 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. to remove an overhead sign and to install temporary concrete barriers.
The barriers will remain in place until Jan. 22. The right shoulder of I-10 and the left lane of the eastbound I-10 frontage road will also be closed during this time.