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Arizona Department of Public Safety announces the expiration of the Statewide Photo Enforcement Contract

DPS announces expiration of the Statewide Photo Enforcement Contract

Wednesday, July 14, 2010 -

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At midnight, on July 15, 2010, the statewide highway photo enforcement program contract will expire.

· A request for proposal pursuant to enabling legislation in 2008 implemented the first statewide highway automated speed enforcement program in Arizona.

· On July 15, 2008, Redflex Traffic Systems was selected as the program vendor for a two year contract by the Arizona Department of Public Safety

· 78 cameras were deployed through the course of the program, including 42 mobile photo enforcement vehicles and 36 stationary photo enforcement cameras.

· The stationary cameras were placed along freeways only in the Phoenix metro area. The mobile cameras were stationed throughout the state, including areas in metro Phoenix.

· As established by the Arizona legislature, the typical fine for a civil speeding violation from a Photo Enforcement camera was $181.50

· During the course of the program, 1,105,935 Notice of Violations/Citations were mailed. Of those, 432,367 Notice of Violations were paid. In addition, there were 2,758,700 camera activations. An activation is caused anytime a vehicle passes the sensors at 11mph or more over the speed limit.

· On July 15th at 11:59 p.m., all stationary photo enforcement cameras will be shut off. The equipment will be removed by Redflex over the 120 days following the July 15th shut off date. All mobile photo enforcement vehicles will be taken off the road on July 15th

· Arizona Department of Public Safety officers will utilize all measures available to enforce the posted speed limits on the federal and state highway systems just as they did prior to the photo enforcement program. The motoring public should remember that DPS patrolmen do not have an 11mph threshold similar to the photo enforcement system. Any unsafe and unlawful speeds can be cited.

· Redflex Traffic Systems and DPS will continue to process all citations issued up to the end of the contract until they are adjudicated in court.

· The contract grants Redflex Traffic Systems 120 days from the end of the contract to remove all remaining above ground equipment and return the sites to their original configuration. ADOT will replace the photo enforcement signs with messages regarding safe driving.

· DPS will provide opportunities for live media broadcasts from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 15th, from the northeast corner of northbound I-17 and Thunderbird Road.

***Note: this is a live video opportunity only. DPS will not conduct any interviews***

The Arizona Department of Public Safety is a state-level law enforcement agency whose mission is to protect human life and property by enforcing state laws, deterring criminal activity and providing vital support to the State of Arizona and its citizens.