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TOWN REPOR TEil <br />Volume 27 No. 3. <br />· TowN OF PArtADISE VALLEY <br />6 4 011:AST LINCOLN Drtl\/E <br />PAllADISE ·VALLEY, AltlZONA '85ig3 <br />RED LIGHT CAMERA <br />December 1996 <br />On August 29, 1996, the Paradise Valley Police Department became the first agency in the <br />state to begin automated enforcement of red light violations by the use of a computerized camera <br />system. In association with American Traffic Systems, providers of our photo radar equipment, <br />the Lincoln and Tatum intersection was outfitted with cameras and a computer network that <br />monitors the intersection 24 hours a day . <br />Violations are detected when a vehicle passes over electronic sensors imbedded in the <br />roadway. In order to verify that there is an actual violation, these sensors are powered only when <br />the red light phase of the traffic control system is in effect. As a vehicle enters the intersection <br />against the red light, a photograph is taken of the rear of the car showing the license plate. As it <br />continues through, a second photograph is taken of the front producing an identifiable picture of <br />the driver. The registered owner of the offending vehicle is then summoned through the mail. <br />During the initial phase of operations, between August 28th and October 7th, only warning <br />letters were sent to the 1, 140 owners whose vehicles were photographed running a red light. <br />However, on October 14, 1996 the Police Department began issuing citations to violators. <br />It is our expectation that the use of <br />this technology will enhance our traffic <br />enforcement program and lead to a <br />reduction in the number of traffic deaths, <br />injuries, and loss of property. <br />INSIDE <br />PAGE <br />The Mayor's Corner: A Sense of Place .................. 2 <br />Vice Mayor Yoder: It's Your Future .I ..............•.... 4 <br />New Sign Ordinance .............................................. 7 <br />December Calendar.. .............................................. 7