Speed cameras most active at Raintree Drive

Michael Ferraresi
The Arizona Republic
Mar. 1, 2006 12:00 AM

SCOTTSDALE - Speed-enforcement cameras ticketed 3,532 drivers during the first six days that citations were issued on Scottsdale's section of Loop 101.

Through Monday, cameras at Raintree Drive on Loop 101 were the most active, ticketing 840 drivers, according to Scottsdale records.

During the same time, cameras on the northbound Loop 101 at Shea Boulevard ticketed 794, while cameras at Scottsdale Road ticketed 730.

Citations went into effect Feb. 22. By comparison, during the first six days of the warning period, 5,257 motorists were flashed going 76 mph or faster.

Drivers are still speeding faster than 100 mph.

One driver on the northbound Loop 101 was clocked at 111 mph on Sunday by cameras at Shea Boulevard.

Scottsdale's Loop 101 photo speed-enforcement program is a nine-month test to determine if cameras at six locations along a 7.8-mile stretch between Scottsdale Road and Shea Boulevard are effective in changing driver behavior.

Meanwhile, poll results released Tuesday show that 64 percent of Arizona voters support the use of speed-enforcement on state freeways.

The statewide telephone poll of 375 registered voters was conducted by the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University and KAET-TV and has a margin of error of 5.1 percentage points.

Poll results also showed that women and seniors are most supportive of using cameras to catch freeway speeders.