July 7, 2008 - 5:30PM
Loop 101 photo enforcement trial period ends
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The Loop 101 photo enforcement program has officially come to an end.
Scottsdale has ended its one-year agreement with the Department of Public Safety, according to a letter sent Thursday by John Little, acting city manager, citing construction on the freeway that has deactivated most of the cameras as well as a plan to install cameras statewide.
"It made sense for both of those reasons to no longer extend the agreement (with DPS)," Scottsdale spokesman Pat Dodds said.
All citations issued through June will be processed in Scottsdale City Court.
Scottsdale started a nine-month pilot program along an eight-mile stretch of Loop 101 in January 2006, a program that an Arizona State University professor found to reduce speeds and collisions while reducing travel times despite the lower speeds. The program, the first to install fixed-speed cameras on a freeway, returned in February 2007 and has operated continuously since that time.
Motorists traveling at least 76 mph were flashed by the six cameras placed between Scottsdale Road and Shea Boulevard.
Since July 2007, DPS has administered the program while Scottsdale has processed the citations. The intent has been to operate the cameras until a Loop 101 car-pool lane construction project reached the camera zone. That occurred during two weekend freeway closures last month when the lanes were rerouted, which affected the speed sensors.
DPS Lt. James Warriner said the agency plans to use its two speed vans in the construction area.
Warriner said it has not been decided whether photo enforcement cameras will return to Loop 101. He said locations will be determined once the statewide contract is awarded, which is expected to occur in the next couple of weeks.
"We will be looking at high-collision areas, freeway interchanges and other areas we can show have a high area for speed or other related traffic violations," Warriner said.