Committee limits photo radar to Casper, Cheyenne

Star-Tribune capital bureau Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Residents in Casper and Cheyenne could become guinea pigs for the state's first "photo radar" traffic control systems.

The Senate Transportation, Highway and Military Affairs Committee Wednesday scaled back House Bill 203, which would have legalized photo radar statewide.

The amended bill allows only Casper and Cheyenne to install the automated traffic control systems in specific problem areas. Photo radar takes pictures of law breakers, who are then fined by mail. The committee endorsed the bill on a 4-1 vote.

"Compared to the bill that was brought to the committee, this is very restrictive and very limited," said Sen. John Barrasso, R-Casper, chairman of the committee.

Casper authorities want to install photo radar cameras on 12th and 13th streets. The average traffic speed on the one-ways is 10 mph above the posted speed limit, according to City Manager Tom Forslund Cheyenne authorities want to use photo radar to control the intersection of Dell Range Boulevard and Converse Avenue, the busiest and most accident-prone intersection in the state.

The legislation now moves to the full Senate for consideration. The House already approved the bill.