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Nineteen cities in Arizona have red light cameras

Posted at 10:46 AM, Jun 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-26 14:13:58-04

Nineteen cities in Arizona are listed as having red light enforcement cameras but only six actually use them. Glendale is one of those cities, listed as having cameras but not in use. That could all change as Glendale city leaders look at bringing red light enforcement cameras back. 

Council will gather on Tuesday to hear a presentation from Glendale Police Chief, Rick St. John, after Vice Mayor Tolmachoff, requested information regarding red light enforcement cameras being used in Glendale and if they could help prevent crashes at dangerous intersections.

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Glendale City Council originally requested additional information about red light enforcement cameras in these five areas, as listed in the council workshop packet:

  1. Provide information regarding which Arizona cities currently have or have had red-light cameras and the reason for the removal.
  2. Provide information regarding whether or not Arizona Revised Statutes (A.R.S.) allow a City to enhance fee structures or determine special red-light enforcement areas.
  3. Provide information regarding an evaluation of engineering designs to determine if changes can reduce crashes.  
  4. Provide information regarding a comparison between utilizing signs that notify violators versus enforcement. 
  5. Provide additional information regarding red-light camera systems to include the cost, contract requirements, and feasibility.

St. John is expected to address the findings in their red light camera follow up study and make recommendations to council members. 

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Glendale previously conducted a two-year pilot program with red light enforcement cameras at 59th Ave and Peoria Avenue in 2007. However, they found that even though red-light violations had dropped, the majority of violations were categorized as not likely to result in crashes.