Lawmakers want to ban Ariz. highway speed cameras

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Some state lawmakers on a mission

PHOENIX -- Arizona legislators announced Wednesday they plan legislation to ban use of speed enforcement cameras on state highways.

The main sponsor, Republican Rep. Sam Crump of Anthem, said speed cameras are unfair and intrusive.

Passage would shut down a new Department of Public Safety program under which a contractor has deployed 69 of 100 planned mobile and stationary cameras.

The bill would ban both state or local cameras on state highways but not affect those used on local streets and roads.

Gov. Janet Napolitano has said the cameras are intended to improve highway safety, but Crump said it's apparent the real motivation is ticket revenue.

A DPS spokesman said his agency takes no position on the bill but thinks the cameras improve highway safety.

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