Radar vans return to service in Tucson
Photo radar vans return to service in Tucson
Tucson Police put their photo radar van back on the road today with new security. Use of the van had been suspended for over a week after a van operator was murdered inside his vehicle in Phoenix.
For safety reasons, Tucson Police will discuss their new security only in general terms.
Lt. Lew Bentley, TPD's traffic commander, says, "We brought all of the operators in and we sat down and had some conversations with them about some techniques and just some common sense procedures that they can follow."
Bentley says technological changes also were made so that now police constantly can track the van.
He says, "Before this occurred, they were basically out there on their own and there wasn't any formal daily check in with them."
Plus Bentley says other changes are under consideration. TPD currently posts on its web site where its photo radar van will be and when. For security reasons, that could change.
Bentley says, "We've had people drive by and yell things, shout at them, give them the gestures, of course."
Tucsonans have mixed feels about the van's return to the road. Edward Tapia says, "It's like a spy van as far as I'm concerned."
Eric Saxton says, "I think they're actually a good thing to have out there because it stops people from speeding and getting into wrecks."
A private company owns the photo radar van and employs its operators. Right now TPD contracts to use one van. Bentley says he hopes to add two or three more.