Mark Sannes, 73, operates a vehicle equipped with photo radar to catch speeders on Feb. 24 in Fort Collins. The Colorado legislature is debating whether to allow speeding and red light cameras.(Photo: Erin Hull/The Coloradoan)Since joining Fort Collins police’s speed-camera enforcement team six months ago, 73-year-old Marv Sannes has been flipped off more times than he can remember.Sannes is among the five part-time employees — all civilian retirees — who get paid $17 per hour to set up the speed-camera radar equipment in roving but recognizable white SUVs that stage around Fort Collins seven days a week with lenses trained on the roads.Waiting.He’s only been accosted a couple of times while on duty. Others on the team have had coins thrown at them, and some have had people march up to the car door, ready to start throwing punches. One motorist pulled up next to a radar vehicle, parked and sounded the horn for 30 seconds. Sworn officers later had a chat with the irate motorist.”I get more positive interactions,” Sannes said, acknowledging that he always has a police radio close by, just in case.But if a contentious measure passes through the Colorado Legislature, speed radars and related red-light cameras local police use could be barred, resulting in the loss of large sums of revenue, a Coloradoan analysis of citation records shows.The measure passed its first test Wednesday in the House Transportation and Energy Committee on a vote of 8-5. Now the bill heads to a committee that killed a similar effort last year.The photo enforcement programs in Fort Collins raked in about $662,000 last year. About $380,000 went back to RedFlex, the Arizona-based company that provides the radar systems. The city pays the company $31,640 each month through its contract, regardless of how many speeding tickets are mailed out.About $80,000 in 2014 covered the payment of five part-time workers and about $100,000 was directed to a traffic safety and mitigation fund. The rest went into a police agency account for equipment and additional programming targeting speeding.Critics, including those sponsoring the latest round of legislation, are quick to point out … – Click Here To Visit Article Source