Arizona’s controversial experiment with speed-enforcement cameras on state freeways will come to an end this summer, reports the Arizona Republic. The state informed camera operator Redflex Traffic Systems this week that their contract will not be renewed.
The 78 fixed and mobile photo-enforcement units around the state will be turned off after July 15. The program incited vandalism against traffic cameras and even violence since its inception two years ago. Advocates of the cameras have released studies indicating that the cameras save lives and reduce crashes. Those studies have been vigorously disputed by camera opponents, who argue that the cameras increase collisions while infringing on constitutional rights.