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4/7/2007New Mexico Governor Saves Red Light Cameras
New Mexico Governor vetoes bill that would have effectively eliminated the use of red light cameras in the state by eliminating the profit incentive.
New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson (D) yesterday informed the legislature that he had vetoed legislation that would have cut the profit motive for red light camera operations, and thereby eliminated the use of photo enforcement. Richardson had cut a deal with a fellow Democrat, Albuquerque Mayor Martin J. Chavez, who agreed to reduce red light camera fines from the current $500 maximum. The vetoed legislation, SB365 (bill text), would have given the city only $35 in profit from each $100 maximum ticket issued.
"By diverting money to the state, this bill would have had the effect of killing Albuquerque's program," Richardson wrote in his veto message.
Richardson also signed legislation yesterday, SB 861 (bill text), mandating warning signs in advance of red light camera locations along with either rumble strips in the pavement or a warning beacon that flashes a yellow light in advance of the signal light changing to red. The measure, opposed by the Albuquerque mayor, is designed to provide extra notice to motorists so that they are not trapped by short yellow times at intersections.
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