A speed radar camera monitors the flow of traffic on East Valencia Road, just east of South Wilmot Road.

Mike Christy / Arizona Daily Star

Drivers with a lead foot take note: 11 speed cameras in unincorporated areas of Pima County will stay on for at least the next week.

The cameras will remain in place at least until Jan. 7, when the Board of Supervisors is expected decide whether to extend the contract for the controversial traffic equipment, county officials say.

Tempe-based American Traffic Solutions proposed last month to make substantial changes to where and when the cameras would be used. It suggested taking down seven of 11 existing speed cameras as well as placing several in school zones.

Only four of the 11 cameras would remain in their fixed position if the supervisors agree to extend the contract next week. Those cameras are near North La Cholla Boulevard and West Sunset Road, West Ruthrauff and North Romero roads, North La Cholla Boulevard and North Jay Avenue and South Nogales Highway and West Hermans Road.

The proposal from ATS adopts a number of suggestions made by the Pima County Sheriff’s Department several months ago and a recommendation from County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry that supervisors let the contract expire today.

Huckelberry said at the time that the controversial cameras have largely served their purpose, forcing drivers in those areas to slow down.

Revenue generated from the tickets also failed to meet expectations, he said.

The five-year contract has generated more than 100,000 tickets, but the number peaked in 2010 as drivers learned to slow down near the stationary cameras.

The supervisors will discuss the contract at their meeting next Tuesday.


Reporter with the Arizona Daily Star. I cover politics as well as the city of Tucson and other municipalities in Southern Arizona.