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Speed cameras: A thing of the past?

Speed cameras: A thing of the past?

By Simone Del Rosario. CREATED Oct 14, 2013

 TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Speed cameras: It's the traffic enforcement Tucsonans love to hate. Most drivers wish they would just go away, and their wishes may come true. 

Five years after the installment, Pima County administration said the 11 speed cameras are not as effective as they had hoped. 

The county has issued nearly 200,000 citations at a minimum of $239 each. 

Beth Horan got a speed camera citation on River Road. "It was 200, almost $300, which did seem pretty ridiculous."

But is it effective?

"You just learn to expect it; I don't think it changes behavior," Horan said. 

The citations may not even make as much money for the county as originally thought. The county gets only $33 for each $239 ticket. 

The state receives $127, the vendor receives $65 and the justice courts receive $14. 

And with more and more drivers catching on to the cameras, fewer citations are being handed out every year. 

"The cameras have not been as effective as we had hoped," Department of Transportation director Priscilla Cornelio said. "Over the years people have gotten used to them and have adjusted their driving in front of the cameras."

"If you know that it's coming, everyone tends to slow down around you," Allison Johnson said. "Then, once everyone passes, everybody speeds back up."

Because of that, the county said that while they were hoping to see fewer accidents in speed camera areas, that hasn't been the case. 

Come January, they may let the contract with the vendor expire and go back to the drawing board. 

One possibility is mobile speed cameras, which could pop up unexpectedly, anywhere. 

Simone Del Rosario

Simone Del Rosario

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Simone is the KGUN 9 On Your Side resident cowgirl. She has spent most of her life on the back of a horse, and spent all of her high school and college years traveling from rodeo to rodeo with her horses and her dog, Roper.