Advocates Urges Opposition to SB 1234, To Retain the Use of Automated Enforcement Systems in Arizona

  • March 14, 2023
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Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety Urges You to OPPOSE SB 1234

Retain use of automated enforcement (AE) systems to deter speeding and red light running  

  • 885 people died on Arizona roads in the first nine months of 2022, an increase over the same period in 2021.
  • Red light and speed safety cameras are enforcement technology that have been shown to reduce crashes.
  • Deterring speeding and red light running is critical, but it is implausible for law enforcement to be present at every incidence.
  • Properly implemented AE systems (speed and red light cameras) augment traditional enforcement without requiring traffic stops and curb deadly driving behaviors.
  • Speed cameras alone resulted in a 19 percent reduction in the likelihood that a crash resulted in a fatal or incapacitating injury.
  • According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), rates of fatal red light running crashes were 21 percent lower and of all fatal crashes were 14 percent lower at signalized intersections in cities with camera programs.  This “spillover” effect amplifies the safety benefits of camera programs.
  • To encourage greater use of automated enforcement and affirm our organizations’ support for the proven technology, Advocates jointly released the Automated Enforcement Checklist with AAA, IIHS, Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) and National Safety Council (NSC) in May 2021.

AE Programs Augment Traditional Enforcement and are Effective in Deterring Excessive Speed and Red Light Running on Our Roadways

 Oppose SB 1234 to Retain Arizona’s Lifesaving AE Program