Arizona Speed Camera Program Ends

The cameras were opposed by Gov. Jan Brewer.
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Friday night (July 16), the last of the 76 fixed and mobile automated speed cameras in a state program in Arizona shut down, ending one of the nation's first and most aggressive automated speed enforcement programs.

The program, run by Australian company Redflex Traffic Systems, failed to ever reap anything near the $120 million projected for each year.

Under rhetorical and even physical attack, the cameras were also opposed by Gov. Jan Brewer, who charged that the program was about raising revenue, not safety. Privacy-minded Arizonans also found the cameras offensive..

Among the problems with the program: Many motorist refused to respond to the tickets, and it turned out citations had to be served in person, not just by mail.

A Brewer spokesman said the governor anticipates the sate legislature will take up the matter at some point.

The shutdown down not affect several automated speed and red-light enforcement programs in Arizona.

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