Drivers exceeding the speed limit in areas where county speed cameras have been shut down now risk being stopped on the spot by Pima County sheriff’s deputies.

Mike Christy / Arizona Daily Star

Photo enforcement cameras in Pima County are no longer in use, but that doesn’t give drivers license to speed.

To combat an increase in speeding since the cameras were turned off, the Sheriff’s Department is launching what it calls Mission Oriented Policing Projects.

Deputies will be positioned at each location where a camera has been deactivated “to monitor traffic flow and aggressively enforce speeding laws,” Deputy Tracy Suitt, spokesman for the Pima County Sheriff’s Department, said in a news release.

In addition, the Sheriff’s Department is working with the county Department of Transportation to conduct “an analysis of the speed events with the collision rates to adjust enforcement, education and engineering efforts,” Suitt said.

Kimberly Matas