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West Valley city to end speed photo enforcement program


PHOENIX — A West Valley city at the end of the month will stop using cameras to enforce speed limits, ending a program that has been in place for a decade.

The El Mirage City Council voted to cease speed photo enforcement at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday.

The decision comes less than a year after the city returned $93,000 to drivers who were fined after being caught in an illegal speed trap, according to an ABC15 report.

The report said the motorists were caught by cameras where the speed limit dropped from 40 mph to 25 mph.

State law prohibits changes of more than 10 mph at one point.

The city began photo enforcement in January 2009.

“Traffic safety will continue to be a priority,” El Mirage Police Chief Paul Marzocca said in a press release. “In the past year, we have hired six additional officers and City Council just approved the addition of three more officers in the new fiscal year which will expand our traffic enforcement efforts and mitigate speeding to reduce traffic related collisions and injuries.”

El Mirage will continue to collect payments on outstanding violations.

The city will remove the cameras during the month of July.

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