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Drivers zoom past cameras
40 clocked above 100 mph may face fines
The Arizona Republic
Feb. 16, 2006 12:00 AM
SCOTTSDALE - The warning period for Loop 101 drivers to get used to speed cameras was not intended to turn the freeway into the Daytona 500.
However, more than 40 drivers are suspected of speeding 100 mph or faster past Scottsdale's freeway test cameras, and one driver has gone as fast as 130 mph, like something straight out of NASCAR.
Those drivers could now face heavy fines or jail time for reckless driving and endangerment for their triple-digit speeds past freeway cameras between Shea Boulevard and Scottsdale Road.
Scottsdale on Wednesday released some of the names, hometowns and photographs of the suspects, some of whom questioned the accuracy of Loop 101 cameras.
"I have a four-cylinder, it barely goes that fast," said Patrick John McCarville II of Phoenix, who was clocked at 110 mph driving to work in his Subaru on Jan. 28.
Meanwhile, police are reviewing video clips and still photographs of high-speed incidents, in addition to license plate numbers of drivers, to match the people and vehicles photographed.
Charges of reckless driving and endangerment could be considered in some cases.
"The registered owner of the vehicle should expect a knock on the door from a detective," said Scottsdale police Sgt. Mark Clark.
Warning notices are still being processed, however the city says the following people were clocked going more than 100 mph:
Leslie D. Daven of Scottsdale, Mary Michaela McDonald of Glendale, Ray Alan Roberts of Chandler, Amalia Esmeralda Diaz Loera of Phoenix and Andrey Mardussenko of San Clemente, Calif.
More than 19,000 drivers have been photographed at 11 mph or faster than the 65 mph freeway speed limit since Jan. 22. More than 4,300 have received notices to slow down.