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2/5/2014 10:18:00 AM
Collisions, traffic violations increase with shut-down of photo radar
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By Briana Lonas and Scott Orr
Prescott Valley Tribune

The Town of Prescott Valley discontinued the active use of photo radar this past October, but continued to collect data from the installments, even though cameras are covered.

The Prescott Valley Police Department recently looked at data collected from the photo radar installments and collected statistics that show an increase in traffic violations.

According to a PVPD media release, the data shows, when compared to the month of the prior year, "there has been a discernible increase in detected violations."

When comparing October, November and December of 2012 to the same months in 2013 there is evidence of a 590 percent increase in detected violations. The violations from the fixed radar sites include both speed and red light violations. The data also showed a 30 percent increase in collisions during those same time periods, according to the release.

Glassford Hill at the Long Look Drive intersection shows an increase of violations at the northbound side of 1551 percent and the southbound showed an increase of 1738 percent.

To help offset the impact of the nixed photo radar program, the department has increased its efforts to enforce traffic by stepping up their traffic contacts to include written warnings and citations, by 93 percent.

Police staff their traffic enforcement details differently with the demise of the red-light and speed cameras in Prescott Valley.

Prescott Valley has 64 total officers. The PVPD traffic unit consists of three officers, although one is currently on modified (light) duty, Sgt. Brandon Bonney said. The third officer was moved to the unit when the cameras were shut down; that officer was originally assigned to work with camera provider Redflex.

Bonney said there have been no new hires as a result of the camera shutdown, but in an interview with The Daily Courier, Police Chief Bryan Jarrell said that, if the town did not reinstate the cameras, he would want to ask for more officers.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Article comment by: Luke H

I used to live in Scottsdale and to and from work every day I would pass two speed cameras. I noticed traffic would slow down before the cameras, then speed right back up after the cameras. It did NOTHING to slow the overall speeds. All it did was create a traffic jam. Their Red Light Cameras worked very well and they did what they were designed to.

Know that there's a difference between Red Light and Speed Cameras. If you're having a problem with red light runners then use a Red Light Camera. If you have a problem with speed then maybe the management is flawed.

Putting one camera on Glassford doesn't mean the police have it any easier controlling traffic. Maybe if the road was wider and speeds were raised slightly. I'm not talking 70 I'm talking from 45 to 50. It would allow traffic to flow the way a growing town/city would need it to. Eventually they have to widen the rest of Glassford. They will install another turn lane for North Bound Glassford Hill Rd at Grandville Fairway. These are things I think we should be pushing for now.

Speed doesn't kill, Speed and Inexperience kills, Speed and poorly designed roads kill, Speed w/ correct management allows the city to move and Grow.

I was born and raised here. We don't live in a stagnant town, we now live in a growing city.

Posted: Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Article comment by: James PV Response

James its a proven fact, Cameras do slow people down,,,at their assigned locations only. Once past, they will speed up to most often reasonable limits dependent upon traffic conditions- hence the 85% fact. Speed limits throughout the U.S. are generally set by Traffic Surveys given the variables of roadway width, traffic flow during various hours and other tangible geographical factors. As for reducing Red Light Running- Again it helped at two locations and the percentage was not overly impressive based on the number of citations issued. As for your ten minute trip to the hospital,,,, every second counts in a life or death situations,,,why do they have to put red lights and sirens on emergency vehicles? To somewhat safely get around drivers oblivious to what is around them. And no I'm not a speeder but have dealt with idiots in traffic for many years-professionally.

Posted: Saturday, February 8, 2014
Article comment by: James pv town

First to David Smith. YES AND YES there are not one but 3 schools right at the intersection of glassford hills and long look 1 highschool 1 jr highschool and 1 collage. the 35 mph limit is more than fast enough for that area. the increase in violations is the FACT people don't follow the traffic laws and do the speed limit. The kids go to school at 7 am and get out at 2 pm. during those two times of the day KIDS are everywhere.
Next Steve Bartress
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Increased violations are understandable based upon the city's ridiculous posted speed limits for the given areas. The speed limits are set by the amount of traffic the area gets in relation to population and residential traffic. if they set the limit on Glassford Hills to 65 I bet you would be one of two the person caught going 90 or the one complaining about the speed limit not high enough. There is no reason to be going over the speed limit. Even if you are heading to the hospital you can safely get there in less than 10 min from every part of town. Remember SPEED KILLS don't believe me just ask the ones that died oh that's right you can't they are DEAD. I for one liked the photo radar they did slow traffic down and they did reduce red light running.

Posted: Friday, February 7, 2014
Article comment by: Teresa Harshman

In regards to Redflex citations, I hand delivered my ticket notice to the Prescott Valley Police Department to make sure they received it. I filled out the portion that I was not the driver. The officer admitted that they did not process it, but accidentally had my license suspended. I could not drive my car for 10 days while they cleared up their mistake. The court clerk told me that what happened to me, also happened to many others. I respect our police officers, but think Redflex cannot be trusted. News reports from all over the nation of how thousands of people were cited by mistake. Hire more police if needed. Most citizens in the Town of Prescott Valley are extremely glad to see Redflex leave. Best wishes to the new Police Chief, Bryan Jarrell!

Posted: Thursday, February 6, 2014
Article comment by: David Smith

This article needs more information to be complete. The collisions figure is town-wide. Have the number of collisions at the intersections with the deactivated cameras increased? Has the Prescott Valley Police Department had officers doing traffic enforcement there?

The increase in violations seems to indicate that speed limit is inappropriate for the stretch. And yes, there are schools nearby, but not at the intersection. School zones are best used where children are crossing the street or immediately in front of the school. And even then, a crossing guard is an effective speed deterrent.

Posted: Thursday, February 6, 2014
Article comment by: Get Rid of Redflex

What are the average Calls For Service for PVPD? Are beats set up to adequately staff meeting the Calls For Service in those areas of high calls? What is the staffing ratio for PVPD and can non-essential programs be cut to re-staff officers where actually needed? There are many questions remaining other than spending time and money to try and justify traffic camera's return.

Posted: Thursday, February 6, 2014
Article comment by: Steve Bartress

Increased violations are understandable based upon the city's ridiculous posted speed limits for the given areas. Absent current traffic surveys to base contemporary "safe and prudent" speeds for Glasford Hills Road, Hwy 69, ALL speed (Detected) violations are being counted by over-zealous parties where one mile over is a violation. Statistics are used and custom fitted to the user's needs. As for accident increases, what type? what locations? And why is the city paying RedFlex to keep the monitoring systems on the cameras??
PV PD is in a transition period where the officers are now expected to get out and do what they were/are being paid to do. Seldom do you see them which in itself generates voluntary compliance on the public's part. AND their calls for service are not that high that it takes them away from traffic enforcement. Field Officers are generally only as good as the Supervisor's boot directing them. Quit trying to justify cameras provided by an outfit that in itself breaks the law.

Posted: Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Article comment by: Thomas Welborn

I have little doubt that the speeds on the road have increased a little bit on the 6 lane road with a 35 MPH speed limit on Glasford Hills Road. I am equally sure that the police corruption caused by those traffic cameras has decreased during that time. Many of us believe that the only reason the city wants the cameras is for revenue and we are not likely to change our minds based on city officials reassurances that they are only interested in safety.

Posted: Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Article comment by: Derek McAnnar

I'm doing research on these cases for school. I would like to see a copy of the data sets that contributed to the study summarized in this article. Thank you

Editors Note: We do not have the data sets that resulted in these numbers, we received a media release from the Prescott Valley Police Department

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