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Arizona bill targets photo radar accuracy

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Arizona bill targets photo radar accuracy

By Ina Ronquillo, Simone Del Rosario. CREATED Feb 23, 2014 - UPDATED: Feb 24, 2014

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - A new bill in Arizona is challenging photo enforcement systems like the system in Tucson's city limits.

A House transportation committee has approved a bill with a 5-1 vote that would require cities and towns to calibrate photo radar cameras every 24 hours.
   
Republican bill sponsor Rep. David Gowan of Sierra Vista says the bill ensures the public has due process when ticketed by radar cameras.

He said officers test radar guns for accuracy every day and photo enforcement systems should be held to the same standard. 

But the terminology on the bill, specifically the word "calibration" has some puzzled as to what it entails. 

If it means an engineer needs to check on each and every camera at Tucson's eight affected intersections every day, local police said pulling that off may be too expensive. 

"We're not opposed to any efforts to ensure...a system that has integrity," said Capt. Robert Shoun. "We're confident we already do that today with what we use."

American Traffic Solutions, the company used in Tucson's photo enforcement program, said they test the cameras through a computer at least once a day for accuracy. 

Gowan said that does meet the "calibration" standard but does not meet the time stamp standard, which would require proof on the ticket the camera had been calibrated within 24 hours. 
   
If the bill passes, courts would have to dismiss any ticket from a camera that does not have a time stamp.