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Arizona Finally Shuts Down Speed Cameras on Freeways

For those of you who are not aware, on July 16, 2010, Arizona shut down its experimentation with speed cameras on our freeways. From the onset, this program has been criticized as a governmental money generating scheme that had no correlation to public safety.

It has been reported that since September 2008 these cameras photographed more than 2.7 million drivers. Although, not every person paid the citation sent through the U.S. mail, millions were generated for the State of Arizona.

Many citizens were unaware that proper service was not effectuated by DPS sending these alleged traffic infractions through the mail. Most drivers were unaware of their rights and were manipulated by the government’s attempt to get away with improper service. For the time being this program has been scrapped.

However, given the amount of reckless drivers and speeders on our freeways and city streets, everyone should continue to exercise caution while driving. According to the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) in their 2008 Arizona Crash Facts Summary:

  • Approximately 2.57 persons were killed each day.
  • One person was killed every 9.36 hours.
  • There were 153.34 persons injured every day.
  • One person was injured every 9.39 minutes.
  • Alcohol Related crashes accounted for 5.65% of all crashes and 34.92% of all fatal crashes.
  • Single vehicle crashes accounted for 20.20% of all crashes and 59.26% of all fatal crashes.
  • Crashes which occurred during daylight hours (6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.) accounted for 72.9% of all crashes.
  • Maricopa County had the most injury accidents with 690,973,092, followed by Pima County with 195,216,984.

Given the above statistics and the likelihood of an accident, it is important to understand your rights:

  1. Contact law enforcement to investigate the accident (call 911).
  2. Identify the adverse driver’s motor vehicle insurance (copy it down inclusive of the insurance company, policy number and names on the insurance information).
  3. If available, take photos of the accident scene, your vehicle’s damage and the adverse driver’s vehicle damage.
  4. For any accident witness at the scene, write down their contact information inclusive of their full name, address and phone number.
  5. Seek medical attention immediately following an accident as the adrenaline flowing through your body may temporarily mask any injuries and/or pain symptoms.