MACo Defends Protections and Oversight of Traffic Safety Programs

This afternoon, February 19, MACo Legal and Policy Counsel Les Knapp testified opposing HB271, Vehicle Laws- Speed Monitoring Systems- Quarterly Audits. HB 271 would go far beyond last year’s overhaul of related state laws, and would require a local jurisdiction to obtain quarterly audits of its speed camera program by a qualified independent person. The practical effect of the bill would be to put the cameras out of service for extended time periods, as they would need to be shipped to out-of-state laboratories for this review.

MACo’s written testimony states:

HB 271 would impose a requirement that would significantly reduce the ability of local governments to run and manage speed camera programs; a requirement that was previously considered and rejected by this committee and the General Assembly during the enactment of 2014 speed camera reform legislation.

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