If you’re out looking for homes, make sure you are going the speed limit! Scottsdale is bringing back a pastime that none of the residents seem to be very excited about and that is photo enforcement. After some legal snafus, this practice is put back into place, much to the chagrin of the local residents. Read more to find out where they are.
Photo-enforcement cameras across Scottsdale will resume snapping pictures for traffic citations on May 13, following a brief hiatus while the third-party contractor sought licensing required by a recent Arizona Attorney General’s Office opinion.
Attorney General Mark Brnovich in March said photo-enforcement contractors in Arizona are subject to the state’s private investigator licensing requirements because the companies collect evidence used in civil or criminal trials. State law exempts certain groups, including government employees, attorneys and insurance adjusters, but that list does not include photo-enforcement contractors, Brnovich said.
Scottsdale contracts with American Traffic Solutions, which recently opened a new headquarters in Mesa, to run its photo-enforcement program.
The city has 18 fixed cameras at intersections and along city streets, two vans and two portable towers used for enforcement in school zones. A full list of the fixed camera locations is available on the city’s website.
Photo-enforcement in Scottsdale started in 1996 and has resulted in more than 500,000 photographed incidents, which can include speeding or running a red light. The typical fine for running a red light in Scottsdale is $258, although drivers can instead pay a fee and attend a defensive-driving course.
Drivers in Scottsdale may notice camera flashes this week as the system is tested, but citations will not be issued for violations until May 13, city officials said.
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