Arizona Gives Final Approval to Freeway Photo Radar
Scottsdale, Arizona begins installation of its lucrative new freeway speed camera system
Scottsdale camera logoArizona Department of Transportation officials yesterday gave final approval to Scottsdale's plan to install automated speeding ticket cameras on the Loop 101 freeway. The city will start installing the devices overnight today with cameras being ready to issue the first tickets by February 9. Early estimates suggested the city could issue between 1500 and 2500 tickets every day, generating $235,000 in daily revenue.
The program will first target individuals doing 11 MPH over the 65 MPH speed limit, collecting around $157 for each photo taken along the 7.8 mile stretch of highway. Australian camera vendor Redflex collects a $42.48 bounty for every citation it is able to generate.
In 2004, Scottsdale issued $9.3 million in photo tickets causing a near doubling in the city's fatality rate. The city is hoping the new system will add tens of millions of dollars to its budget.
Cameras on Loop 101 get state approval
From Staff Reports
December 22, 2005
Scottsdale’s freeway photo enforcement program cleared the final hurdle Wednesday as the state granted a building permit to allow installation of camera equipment on an eight-mile stretch of Loop 101.
Work is scheduled to begin today on the freeway as Scottsdale has scheduled to launch a nine-month test early next year.
Scottsdale’s program is thought to be the first of its kind in the United States, in which speeders on a freeway will be ticketed using fixed cameras.
Equipment is to be placed along the the Pima Freeway segment of Loop 101 between the Scottsdale Road and 90th Street exits. Starting Jan. 9, violators are expected receive a warning in the mail, with actual citations sent to those caught after Feb. 9. Tickets will be issued for drivers traveling 11 mph or more over the limit.
Due to delays in securing the building permit, issued by the Arizona Department of Transportation, those dates may be moved back a few days, said Mike Phillips, a Scottsdale spokesman.
Two signs, each 5-by-16 feet, are to be constructed first at the entrances of the test area to alert motorists that cameras are monitoring speed. A typical speeding citation fine is $157.
The city has already committed to spend roughly $600,000 to launch the test, but costs are expected to be offset by citation revenue.