Avondale extends photo speed checks

Elias C. Arnold
The Arizona Republic
Dec. 12, 2007 12:00 AM
AVONDALE - Avondale has extended its photo speed-enforcement program by six months and plans an expansion into nighttime hours.

Preliminary data show there were gains in accident reduction after nearly 2,100 people received speeding citations during the first five months of the program, which started in June.

Police Chief Kevin Kotsur extended the program through at least April to gather more data and streamline operations between Avondale police and courts and American Traffic Solutions, the contractor that provides the van and its services.

Extended hours, to as late as 10 p.m., would address complaints of nighttime speeding and could potentially reduce nighttime collisions, Kotsur said.

According to a report by city staff, photo enforcement helped reduce collisions on roads monitored by the mobile enforcement van, though results in the surrounding area were mixed.

Collisions within one-quarter mile of the van decreased nearly 9.5 percent, to 152, compared with the same period in 2006, the report shows.