SCOTTSDALE - Scottsdale's plans for photo enforcement on the Loop 101 may soon come to a halt. Sens. Thayer Verschoor, R-Gilbert, and Dean Martin, R-Phoenix; and Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Gilbert, are sponsoring Senate Bill 1164, which would prohibit fixed-site cameras and photo enforcement vans on state highways. Scottsdale hoped to become the first city in the country to patrol freeways digitally.What is the motivation behind such a bill? We may never know, "Verschoor, Martin and Biggs did not return calls for comment."
A city public opinion poll conducted early this year indicated that 76 percent of more than 400 Scottsdale residents surveyed approved of photo enforcement, and 74 percent approved of implementing the technology in new locations. "This just flies in the face of the public will," Kalin said.One thing is for sure, I'm not the only blogger in Phoenix talking about this. Slightly Off Center said:
Color me skeptical. Folks can top out at 80-90 mph on the north loop of the 101, which I think we can all agree is not the best of ideas. My [beef] has not been with the mobile vans with photo radar catching speeders, it's the red light cameras which have been rife with problems around the Valley since their installation.Don't forget the record setting installation (nearly half of all tickets last year after becoming operational in August) on Frank Loyd Wright is in the same area.