- Associated Press - Thursday, June 2, 2016

DENVER (AP) - Gov. John Hickenlooper again vetoed legislation creating a statewide ban on red-light traffic cameras, saying Thursday that individual municipalities should decide for themselves whether to use the often unpopular devices.

Hickenlooper vetoed similar legislation last year and had asked lawmakers to craft a bill limiting red light cameras to school zones, road construction zones and problem traffic areas that endanger safety.

He also asked that any legislation require that traffic fines be used only for traffic safety and enforcement, not as a general revenue stream. The bill he vetoed had “no such reasonable limitations,” Hickenlooper said.

Earlier versions of this year’s bill could have allowed red-light camera use in school and construction zones.

Supporters of the bill argued that the use of red-light cameras violated civil liberties and personal privacy.

Eight of Colorado’s most populous cities use red-light cameras - Aurora, Boulder, Commerce City, Denver, Fort Collins, Greenwood Village, Lone Tree and Pueblo, legislative analysts said.

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