Pima County ends speed camera program - Tucson News Now

Pima County ends speed camera program

Speed enforcement cameras were used at 10 locations. Speed enforcement cameras were used at 10 locations.
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Pima County supervisors voted unanimously today not renew the operating contract which expired Sunday for speed enforcement cameras at 10 locations.

The cameras were turned off just a few hours after the vote.

The signs will be taken down by the county transportation department by the end of the week.

The county is still working with the vendor on a schedule to take down the cameras and poles.

Even though the contract expired on Sunday, the cameras still took photographs of speeders.

County transportation officials wanted an official vote before turning them off and then, if the board voted to extend the program, to turn them back on.

However, any driver flashed after midnight Sunday will not be mailed a ticket.

"The outlived their usefulness," former Board Chair Ramone Valadez said.

Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry said they did not "into the cash cow" that some envisioned.

"We made about a half million dollars but that's small in a billion and a half dollar budget," he said.

It took only four years for most motorists to understand that they could slow down as they approached and speed up when the passed the cameras.

The fixed camera program was voted down along with a counter proposal to use mobile cameras. Supervisors felt there were too many issues with the cameras, which are used in some jurisdictions.

The county said the program served its purpose. It made most everyone aware about speeding and speeding enforcement. Early in the program, one car was clocked at 117 mph.

Now there will be a different approach to enforcement. If you are caught speeding, a Sheriff's deputy will write you a ticket.

The county instructed staff to come back in 30 days with the outline of a safety program for the county.

What that might look like is still up in the air but the county is not ruling out the possibility of mobile cameras.

"They may or may not be included," says District 5 Supervisor Richard Elias. "We don't know yet."

There is still some concern about school zones.

Some charter schools especially are very close to busy streets.

Protecting the students in those schools will be high on the agenda.

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