Speed camera tests start Fridayby Garry Duffy on May. 15, 2009, under Local, Special
Warning period will be Monday through Sunday
After some false starts, Pima County’s 10 speed limit enforcement camera systems will be activated Monday and used to issue warnings to violators through Sunday.
After that, accused speeders with vehicle license plates caught on camera who can be positively identified will be mailed tickets by American Traffic Solutions Inc. of Scottsdale, the county’s contracted vendor for the program.
Drivers at the camera locations will notice strobe lights flashing starting Friday during a three-day test period of the camera system. No warnings or tickets will be issued during the test phase.
The speed limit enforcement program was approved by the Pima County Board of Supervisors this year as a pilot program that will be reviewed later in the year.
The camera locations were selected by the Pima County Sheriff’s Department based on incidences of speeding and crashes.
The 10 sites accounted for 26 percent of all speeding tickets issued by the Sheriff’s Department in 2008 and more than 4,100 crashes over the past three years.
Activation was delayed for about two months while the vendor fine-tuned the system for accuracy.
The locations are:
• North La Cholla near West Sunset Road
• South Mission Road near West Grubstake Drive
• East Ina Road near North Camino de las Candelas
• North Swan Road near East Calle Barril
• East Valencia Road near South Wilmot Road
• West Ruthrauff Road near West Rillito Street
• West Valencia near South Camino de la Tierra
• South Alvernon Way near South Station Master Drive
• East River Road near North Country Club Road
• South Nogales Highway near East Hermans Road