Scottsdale adds 3 speed cameras, idles others
Brian Powell, Tribune
Three new Scottsdale photo enforcement cameras will start snapping pictures of speeding and red-light running motorists starting today.
Meanwhile, the six existing Loop 101 and six current city street cameras will undergo transitions to a new operator and will each go dark for certain days in July as new equipment is installed.
The citys goal is to have American Traffic Solutions operating all the street and freeway cameras by the end of the month. ATS won the contract previously held by Redflex.
The new cameras ready for use today include midblock speed cameras along Pima Road and Shea Boulevard, along with a red-light and speed camera at Scottsdale and McDowell roads.
The first two Loop 101 cameras that will be turned off today through as late as July 15 are at Scottsdale and Hayden roads, with four others remaining in operation, said Ellen Pence, an ATS spokeswoman. The cameras at Raintree Drive and at northbound Shea Boulevard will be turned off July 10 and must be turned back on by July 21, while the southbound Shea and Cactus Road cameras will go dark July 20 and must be operational again by July 31.
For the street locations that are not changing, ATS will install equipment throughout July with no camera being dark for more than four days.
The freeway program will now be run by the Department of Public Safety, but using the citys contractor and court. An agreement is in place through December, with a possible two-month extension.
ATS, like Redflex, will operate four mobile speed vans on city streets.
Motorists are typically cited by photo enforcement cameras for traveling 11 mph over the posted speed limit, but in school zones drivers are cited for exceeding the limit by 6 mph.
The street program is expected to generate 62,000 citations and $818,345 in revenue for Scottsdale over the next year.
The freeway program is projected to generate about 50,000 citations and $154,828 in revenue between July and December, and about 185,000 citations and $1.5 million since its started in January 2006.
Midblock speed cameras northbound and southbound Pima Road between Los Gatos and Thompson Peak Parkway (replaces red-light/ speed-on-green camera on southbound Pima Road at Pinnacle Peak Road)
Midblock speed cameras eastbound and westbound Shea Boulevard between 120th Street and 124th Street (replaces speed cameras at Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard and 77th Street)
Red-light/speed camera eastbound McDowell Road at Scottsdale Road (replaces red-light/speed camera northbound Hayden Road at McCormick Parkway)
(All red-light/speed cameras)
Southbound Hayden Road at Indian School Road
Southbound Scottsdale Road at Shea Boulevard
Northbound Scottsdale Road at Cactus Road
Northbound Scottsdale Road at Thomas Road
Eastbound Shea Boulevard at 90th Street
Northbound Scottsdale Road at Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard
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