Redflex pulls speed vans after shooting
Phoenix Business Journal - by [replacer_a]
Patrick O'Grady is pulling the its speed enforcement vans off Arizona roads following the shooting death of one of its drivers over the weekend.
The move likely will be temporary as the company and its employees deal with the murder of Doug Geogianni, 51, who killed Sunday night while manning one of the photo radar vehicles along Loop 101 in Phoenix.
“The entire Redflex family is grief-stricken for Doug and his loved ones,” said Karen Finley, CEO of Redflex Traffic Systems Inc. “We will continue to dedicate every resource to work with the police to help identify and apprehend the person who took Doug’s life. In the meantime, with the cooperation of Arizona Department of Public Safety, we have removed all mobile photo enforcement units from the road until further notice.”
DPS Safety Director Roger Vanderpool called the shooting “appalling.”
The highway speed program debuted last fall with stationary and mobile speed cameras. Redflex has a contract with the state to provide up to 100 camera systems and vehicles as the program rolls out.
The program has met with some opposition, ranging from vandals who blocked the speed cameras with tape and paper to bills in the Legislature aimed at altering the program.
DPS officials said it is too early in the shooting investigation to say what the department will do going forward and how it may affect the program.