Now hopefully the rest of the state follows suit.
PHOENIX -- Photo radar has gone dark in Pinal County. The Pinal County Board of Supervisors voted Wednesday to terminate its contract with Phoenix-based Redflex Traffic Systems, the company that operates the cameras.
The move also came at the recommendation of new Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu, who was elected on the platform that he would ban photo-enforcement cameras.
Pinal County's contract with Redflex wasn't set to expire until Feb. 20. Redflex's two mobile speed cameras have not been in operation on Pinal County roads since Babeu took office Jan. 1.
Babeu said putting more deputies on patrol offers the best way to improve public safety, instead of relying on cameras that "can't catch drunk drivers" or stop motorists involved in other illegal or dangerous activities.
Babeu estimated the number of citations issued annually by the sheriff's office would sharply increase as a result of having more deputies patrolling the streets.
The sheriff had previously said that if the board of supervisors voted to keep the cameras, he would place them in out-of-the-way locations with very little traffic.