Expect more freeway speed-enforcement cameras in Arizona by year’s end, says the Arizona Republic, quoting Gov. Janet Napolitano. After reviewing reports that cameras in the Scottsdale area lowered speeds and reduced accidents, state officials are considering ways to duplicate the city’s freeway photo-enforcement program. Arizona could become the first state with its own freeway speed cameras.
Freeway cameras will never replace patrol officers, Napolitano said, but the machines that generated more than $2.3 million for state coffers from Scottsdale freeway tickets could raise money to better fund law enforcement. Arizona Department of Public Safety officials said highway patrol staff will develop a statewide photo-enforcement proposal.