Speed Cameras Go Dark in Arizona

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For the first time in two years, Arizona's freeways will not be surveyed by photo radar cameras.

The cameras went out of operation on July 15 after Gov. Jan Brewer allowed the state's contract with Redflex Traffic Systems to expire.

The state set up the cameras to catch speeders in hopes that it would help make their highways safer.
    
However, critics claimed they were put up to generate more revenue for the state. They said the cameras are an abuse of technology and a way to give the government more power.
    
In the meantime, Arizona's Department of Public Safety has sent out a warning to drivers that the lack of cameras doesn't mean they can get away with speeding.

"The high visibility program will continue and officers will be targeting speeders because, let's face it, speeding is either a primary or secondary factor in most fatal and serious injury crashes," DPS spokesman Bart Graves said.

He added, "The Phoenix metro area is going to be heavily monitored by all the officers who work this sector, so speeders should not think just because the cameras are gone and they're not in the fixed position any more, or won't be, that they can just speed."

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