County will allow speed camera contract to expire - Tucson News Now

County will allow speed camera contract to expire

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

When Pima County's speed camera contract comes up for renewal January 5, 2014, it will most likely not be renewed.

It's the recommendation of Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelbery the "contract with ATS be allowed to expire."

In part became of a "decline in revenues and the uncertainties about the costs and effectiveness of a redesigned speed photo enforcement system."

The county reluctantly entered the permanent speed camera market four years ago but with the caveat this would be an experiment.

After four years, it seems the county is expected to announce it's been a failed experiment.

In 2011, the county received $535,370 in revenues for 10 cameras. This year, it's expected to be $85,171 from 11 cameras.

And while there has been a precipitous drop in revenues, there's no sign the cameras have enhanced the safety of motorists.

According to studies here, the severity of crashes at the camera sites has dropped less that 1% while overall in the county, severity has dropped 11%.

The crash rate in the county has dropped 19% but at camera locations, 13%.

And, over the years, motorists have become familiar where the cameras are located at have acted accordingly.

"It worked temporarily but as time went on, it wasn't effective anymore," says County Transportation Director Pricilla Cornelio.

So what comes next?

"Those little moveable units might be much more effective," she says. "Put around school zones or locations where we have a lot of accidents."

 

 

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