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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) - Hamilton County commissioners have reversed gear and voted against allowing police officers to use speed detection lasers to ticket drivers.

The proposal, which was originally approved last week, would have allowed sheriff's deputies to send speeding tickets to drivers without pulling them over.

Commissioners voted 5-4 last week to approve the purchase of the cameras, but three commissioners said they had changed their minds by the next day after hearing opposition from the public.

On Wednesday, the commission voted again on the measure, which failed 8-1.

Only Commissioner Greg Beck, who proposed the idea, voted for it.

He said the cameras would allow officers to catch speeders in areas where it would be unsafe to make a traffic stop.

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