Drivers gunning their engines on Loop 101 in Scottsdale — maybe hoping to get nabbed by the new speed cameras — might be disappointed next week when their written warnings arrive without souvenir pictures.
Some motorists have been clocked as fast as 98 mph, prompting concern among Scottsdale officials that drivers are trying to set off the cameras.
“Did you see those speeds?” city spokesman Pat Dodds said Thursday. Officials want the public to know that while only warnings are being issued temporarily, Arizona Department of Public Safety officers with real tickets are patrolling Loop 101.
The only people who will see the images of drivers are technicians with Redflex Traffic Systems, the company running the photo enforcement equipment, said Paul Porell, Scottsdale’s traffic engineering director.
That is, of course, until Feb. 22, when the pictures will accompany speeding tickets as evidence.
Scottsdale launched a trial on Sunday to see if freeway cameras can get leadfoots to ease off the pedal on a nearly eight-mile stretch of Loop 101 between Scottsdale Road and Shea Boulevard. The program is to run nine months and, if successful, could be used as a model for freeways across Arizona.
Redflex’s Bob Warner said the company does not have enough data to determine whether drivers are trying to set off the cameras.