Pinal County Ready to Issue Photo Radar Fines

August 8th, 2007 @ 5:31am
by Associated Press

Another sign that Pinal County is moving away from its rural roots.

Beginning Thursday, Pinal County will begin assessing fines to drivers caught speeding on photo radar cameras.

Since early July, a van set up with radar and cameras near Apache Junction, Gold Canyon and Queen Creek has been clicking away at speeders, having tagged more than 3,000 drivers with warning tickets.

The figure is higher than what sheriff's officials expected, said Pinal County Sheriff's Cpl. Paul Compton.

He added that drivers will likely get used to the program and the number of people receiving tickets will probably decrease.

Anyone caught driving eleven mph or more over the posted speed limit will receive a ticket.

The fines can vary. Some lead foots going 15 mph over the speed limit face a $135 fine, according to Pinal County's Florence Justice Court.

Driving 16 to 20 mph over the limit means a fine of $155.

From there, the fine increases to $180 for driving 21 to 25 mph over to $285 for traveling 36 to 40 mph over the limit.

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