Phoenix, Chandler, El Mirage, Eloy, Paradise Valley, Prescott Valley, Show Low, Sierra Vista, Star Valley, Superior, and Surprise all have Redflex contracts.

And some of the jurisdictions have been granted permission by the Arizona Department of Transportation to install cameras on state highways.

Proponents say the cameras improve public safety by deterring speeders and red-light runners. But municipal officials don't have to prove there is a need for a camera program.

Karen Finley, former president and CEO of Phoenix-based Redflex
Karen Finley, former president and CEO of Phoenix-based Redflex

Republican state Representative Debbie Lesko, whose district includes El Mirage, floated House Bill 2477, which "forbids a city or town from placing a photo-enforcement system on a state highway" unless it can prove the system is necessary for public safety.

State representatives approved the measure 47-12, and it is now making its way through the Arizona Senate.

Lesko tells New Times that she first examined the issue after receiving complaints from El Mirage residents about Redflex cameras installed along U.S. 60 (Grand Avenue) at Primrose Avenue, a three-way intersection that dead ends into a state highway stretching northwest toward Wickenburg and Las Vegas.

El Mirage was supposed to justify the need for the cameras, according to an agreement with the state. ADOT granted the permit even though it didn't obtain reports or traffic studies from El Mirage.

City officials' e-mails obtained by New Times reveal that between July 1, 2008 and June 30, 2011, 39 traffic collisions occurred at the Grand/Primrose intersection before Redflex installed the cameras. Of those, 30 were non-injury accidents. Five other accidents caused "non-incapacitating" injuries. And three others caused "possible injury." One was listed as "blank."

Considering that city officials estimate between 35,000 and 44,000 vehicles travel daily through the intersection, that's at least 12.7 million cars a year driving through El Mirage.

This means the chances of getting into a car accident at that intersection are infinitesimal.

Ironically, despite the public disdain for the photo-enforcement cameras, the state is home to both major players in the industry — Redflex and Tempe-based American Traffic Solutions, which services Scottsdale, Mesa, Tucson, and Pima County.

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kurtibm
kurtibm

Tempe, Glendale and Peoria - their own statistics show that there is a (sometimes SUBSTANTIAL)increase in injury (and deadly) accidents at intersections under surveillance. Any city who introduces/supports/furthers this carnage on 'their' citizenry is committing a crime.

Herewegoagain
Herewegoagain

Did anyone read the article in the azcentral from Surprise where they are not renewing the contract for the cameras because it cost the taxpayers almost 200K more to run it than it brought in?  Think El Mirage will wise up and dump them or will they continue to screw over the taxpayers so they can request more money to continue to pay the extra personnel in the court and police department they hired to do all of this?

Herewegoagain
Herewegoagain

And El Mirage is still using them.  Get ready citizens to join the lawsuits that I am sure are coming.

davelog
davelog

Corruption? In Arizona? GASP!

ylive4adventure
ylive4adventure

If Corruption does show up and you have paid fines or taken the classes on line.  Keep your paperwork safe and close.  Class action will so follow.  This is clearly just the begining.

harton
harton

Does anybody seriously doubt that the City of El Mirage will be wrapped into this corruption issue before long?  

JustDoIt
JustDoIt

I would not stop at contracts, I bet they bribed judges, lawyers... if it started at the upper management level it for sure went thru the ranks!

ssn0
ssn0

Got to wonder who was bribed at the state level. Also, wonder how the yellow light timing kept getting shortened. Corruption at all levels of this scam.

ExpertShot
ExpertShot topcommenter

Let's see if  E.J. Montini cracks another beer and writes how poor RedFlex is just misunderstood.

ExpertShot
ExpertShot topcommenter

And to think our inglorious governor just appointed RedFlex's PR man to a position on our State's Board of Regents.  Jay Heiler was the spokesman for the Scottsdale office of the Australian speed-camera firm, Redflex during the period in question.  This corrupt piece of shit is now sitting on the agency which has the ability to vote on contracts for purchases from our State's Education budget for Universities.  I'm betting as more of this comes out he will be implicated.

danxranx
danxranx

Sounds like some serious smack to me dude. WOw.


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kurtibm
kurtibm

Gee..... isn't it all about SAFETY!

ExpertShot
ExpertShot topcommenter

@ssn0Jay Heiler was probably the one carrying Redflex's water - I think he got a big bonus for finding the "Right" official to bribe!  This guy needs to resign - his name it tainted with the Redflex cooties.

 
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