Passed: By unanimous vote, a bill from Craig Loy allowing for the expanded use of photo-radar cameras to catch speeding vehicles.
Why this is important: The photo-radar devices can detect a driver's speed remotely, without the need for an officer. A citation is sent by mail to the vehicle's owner, a convenience that also frees patrol officers from spending time in court.
But until now, the devices have been allowed only within school zones, though cameras without radar have been used at some intersections. This bill allows them to be used citywide.
Details: The ordinance, which first allowed the devices to be used, had to declare the act of speeding in school zones a nuisance.
The photo-radar cameras were then considered nuisance abatement.
To pass this bill, the council declared speeding a nuisance citywide