Mesa Cites Speed Cameras for Decrease in Collisions

Vehicle crashes across Mesa declined seven percent last year from the 6,561 reported in 2008. However, the number of fatal crashes remained flat at 29, according to police figures.

Police spokesmen say that they believe one reason the numbers are declining or holding steady may be the department’s photo-enforcement program.

Mesa has red-light cameras at 36 intersections, six stationary speed cameras and six photo-enforcement vans throughout the city.

The department uses several pieces of data such as density maps to determine where the cameras should be placed to combat negative driving behavior.

The Mesa Police Department also considers traffic-study information that shows the percentage of vehicles traveling over a certain speed limit when deciding where to set up shop.

The most targeted roadways for cameras are the most-traveled and longest streets in the city.

Southern Avenue, which has cameras at 10 intersections, and Broadway Road, which has five cameras, span the width of the city at about 20 miles.

Power Road has five intersections with cameras.

Stapley, Mesa and University drives each have four.

Between Jan. 1 and Dec. 15, 2009, Mesa police issued 23,533 photo-enforcement citations for drivers traveling 11 mph over the posted limit, according to police data.

More than 18,200 citations were issued to red-light runners during the period.

Those cited at 11 mph or more over the speed limit face fines of $171.25.

Those photographed running red lights face a fine of $218.50.

Of the photo-radar speed tickets generated, Mesa Municipal Court documents indicate that 7,693 were paid last year and 8,488 were either dismissed by the Police Department or dismissed because the driver wasn’t served with the ticket.

Of the red-light citations, 4,849 were paid and 6,139 were dismissed.

Four months into 2010, police have issued about 27 percent fewer photo-radar and red-light citations.

Police believe the drop in collisions is due in part to drivers slowing for the cameras.

The citywide trend is a drop in collisions and that means fewer personal injury claims.

As much as we may dislike the speed traps and speed cameras that catch us in a dash, if they’re helping to prevent car collisions, then they’ve got to be doing something right!

This post was intended to provide general information only and is not intended as specific legal advice. You should not rely upon this information alone, but should consult legal counsel regarding the application of the laws and regulations discussed and as applied to your specific case or circumstance.