Scottsdale to extend photo enforcement program
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Brian Powell, Tribune

Scottsdale is planning another two-month extension of its Loop 101 photo enforcement cameras that would keep the cameras clicking through at least June.

The plan is for the state Department of Public Safety to continue operating the six cameras until construction on a Loop 101 car-pool lane project moves north into the camera area.

Construction on the Loop 101 car-pool lane segment between Shea Boulevard and Princess Drive that would affect the cameras is scheduled to start this summer, said ADOT spokesman Doug Nintzel. Nintzel said the entire 15-mile project that will add a car-pool lane in each direction, between Loop 202 and Princess Drive, is scheduled to be completed by spring 2009.

The City Council must vote to formally approve the extension today. All past extensions have been unanimously approved, including a vote in February to extend the contract through April.

The freeway photo enforcement program has issued more than 200,000 citations and collected more than $2 million in profit for Scottsdale's General Fund since citations started being issued in February 2006. DPS has administered the program since July.

The six cameras between Shea Boulevard and Scottsdale Road flash whenever a motorist hits at least 76 mph, or 11 mph above the posted speed limit.

Meanwhile, DPS is reviewing three submissions for a lucrative statewide contract expected to bring in $90 million to the state each year.

In March, Nestor Traffic Systems of Providence, R.I., joined local companies American Traffic Solutions and Redflex Traffic Systems in submitting proposals to place cameras on both urban freeways and rural roads.

The plan is to use a combination of red-light intersection cameras at up to 30 intersections, fixed-speed cameras in 90 locations, 40 mobile speed vans and 10 mobile red-light vans.

DPS spokesman Bart Graves said the review is ongoing. DPS has until July to make a decision.