Photo radar citations begin in Pima County
Say cheese. Starting Monday, your lead foot in parts of Pima County will cost you a few hundred bucks.
10 Speed cameras will start clicking and send out tickets.
Up until now they've been going through a testing phase. Working in the pouring rain isn't stopping these technicians from make sure Pima County's new speed cameras are working like they should.
One technician stands down the road with a laser checking speeds.
"The LIDAR technician stands down the road to make sure the car crossing our speed area is indeed the same speed inside the computer," says CJ Downing, with American Traffic Solutions.
Rain or shine, they'll do these quality control checks once a month
"We do this every 30 days. We make sure everything in the cabinet is working and everything on the road is appropriately function and all the equipment is working to manufactured specifications," Downing says.
A lot of people see the polls and they think there's a radar gun on top of it. But that's no how it works. Magnetic strips in the pavement measure your speed.
"Basically two loops that have the tire drive over them. And it calculates the time it takes for the vehicle to travel over them so it can calculate a speed," says Sgt. Jeffery Copfer with the Pima County Sheriff's Dept.
During our interview we saw the cameras flash several times as speeders drove by.
Right now they'll get a warning in the mail.
But this check shows that cameras are good to go, and on Monday a picture will be worth not just a thousand words, but also few hundred dollars.