Seventy-six state-financed photo enforcement cameras statewide will snap their last shots of speeders this week.
But don't start exercising that lead foot just yet. While cameras on state highways will be shut off Thursday, city and county photo enforcement cameras throughout Arizona will continue snapping away. Locally, that includes 10 fixed-location cameras in Pima County, four fixed red-light cameras inside the Tucson city limits and two photo enforcement vans that pop up in various locations around the city.
The state is letting its two-year contract with Redflex Traffic Systems expire this week. The program, which kicked off in 2008, failed to generate even half of the $90 million in revenue it was expected to pump into state coffers. It also has been maligned as being invasive and eroding trust in law-enforcement initiatives.
Shoba Vaitheeswaran, a spokeswoman for Redflex, says photo enforcement programs are a proven way of improving road safety and she hopes drivers will "please stick to safe driving behaviors" once the cameras go black.
State Photo Enforcement
cameras on state highways until Thursday (16 units in Tucson, Pima County will still operate)
photo enforcement units that were supposed to be installed
speeders detected during the program's first, and only, full year of operation
photo radar tickets thrown out (47 percent) in the first year because the driver and/or license plate could not be identified from the photo
violations actually paid during the program's first year
registered vehicle owners receiving a citation who identified someone else as the driver at the time of the infraction
amount state officials thought photo enforcement would bring in the first year
revenue actually generated in the first year
amount that went to the state's general fund as of October 2009, after about a year of operation, after costs
payments in fiscal 2009 made to Redflex Traffic Systems Inc., the company that provides the cameras for photo enforcement (the company is paid per citation)
County and city speed cameras - by the numbers, Page A4
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Pima County Photo Enforcement
fixed-location photo enforcement cameras operated by Pima County Sheriff's Department beginning in June 2009
citations issued in six months from June 2009 through December 2009
number of citations dismissed for reasons other than completing defensive-driving class
fines, surcharges and administrative fees collected by Pima County photo enforcement program in 2009
net revenue in 2009
Tucson Police Photo Enforcement
fixed-location red-light cameras operated by TPD (the Tucson City Council has approved five more)
mobile photo-radar vans
citations issued in 2009 (another 12,055 went out in the first half of this year)
fines, surcharges and administrative fees generated by TPD photo enforcement for fiscal year 2009-2010
amount that made it to the city's general fund last year after costs, turning over 45 percent to the state Supreme Court and paying $1.7 million to American Traffic Solutions to administer the program