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Pima County to shut down speed enforcement cameras

TUCSON, Ariz. — The Pima County Board of Supervisors has voted to shut
down all 11 speed-enforcement cameras in the county.

On Tuesday, the supervisors directed County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry to
return to the Board within 30 days with information about a more comprehensive,
countywide traffic safety plan.

The county’s contract with American Traffic Solutions was awarded in January
2009 and expired Monday.

The program was reviewed by the county Department of Transportation and county
Sheriff’s Department.

They reportedly found no conclusive evidence that fixed, stand-alone cameras
effectively and consistently reduce speeds or crashes because drivers tend to
decrease speed near the camera and then accelerate after passing.

ATS began covering the warning signs and turning off the camera strobes at the
11 locations Tuesday. The process should be completed by Wednesday afternoon.

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