Officials consider expanding speed cameras

Michael Ferraresi
The Arizona Republic
Feb. 10, 2007 12:00 AM
Photo speed-enforcement warning signs were unveiled Friday on Loop 101, reminding motorists that freeway cameras will be reactivated Feb. 22.

Gov. Janet Napolitano endorsed reactivating the cameras, and state officials are considering expanding freeway photo speed-enforcement efforts.

Scottsdale's six cameras, located along a seven-mile stretch between Scottsdale Road and Shea Boulevard, will be switched on at 12:01 a.m. Feb. 22.

Drivers who trigger the devices by traveling 76 mph or faster could receive a $157 citation in the mail.

Scottsdale will operate the cameras until June 30, when its contract with Redflex Traffic Systems expires. Tested for nine months, the cameras are credited with reducing collisions and speeding. Citations raised more than $3 million for Scottsdale and the state from tickets issued through Oct. 23, when the cameras were shuttered.

Meanwhile, Sen. Ron Gould, a Lake Havasu City Republican who is chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee, said he is preparing a proposal to put freeway camera expansion on the November 2008 ballot.

Rep. Kirk Adams, a Mesa Republican, proposed a separate bill that would earmark Arizona freeway speed-enforcement money for roads.

Officials in Prescott Valley, Glendale and Buckeye also have expressed interest in learning how freeway photo speed enforcement could benefit their communities.