Red-light cam ban won't go to Tucson voters

2013-07-22T10:29:00Z 2013-07-22T11:07:03Z Red-light cam ban won't go to Tucson votersDarren DaRonco Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

It looks like Tucson’s red light cameras are here to stay.

There were not enough valid signatures to certify placing a measure banning traffic cameras within city limits on the ballot this November, the The Pima County Recorder’s Office has found.

The initiative would have prohibited all traffic-enforcement cameras in Tucson and would amend the city code to require that every ticket issued by the Tucson Police Department have an actual officer witness the infraction.

Former state lawmaker John Kromko and his group, Traffic Justice, dropped off their signatures earlier this month at the City Clerk’s Office.

But despite turning over approximately 759 pages of signatures, the Pima County Recorder’s Office could only verify 569 signatures out of the 1,032 signatures selected for the random sample.

The percentages didn’t favor Kromko and his group, which fell short of the 12,730 valid signatures required to make the ballot.

Kromko pushed for the measure because he felt the traffic cameras were a thinly disguised “scam” designed to fill the city’s coffers.

City officials asserted the cameras reduce accidents and make Tucsonans safer drivers.

Since the first camera was installed in January 2007, crashes at the eight intersections with the cameras have decreased from 200 a year to 74 in 2012.

The cameras provide about $680,000 a year in revenue to the city.

Contact reporter Darren DaRonco at 573-4243 or ddaronco@azstarnet.com.

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