Mesa motorists will learn today whether they will now have to watch their speed through city intersections. The Mesa City Council is to vote on a new photo radar program that will increase the number of red-light cameras at intersections from 13 to 30.
The program also would use a "speed-on-green" camera at up to five of those intersections. There would be four photo radar vans, and new digital technology to make it easier to identify the driver.
The city program that started in 1996 will be expanding to east Mesa for the first time, where traffic counts continue to drastically increase.
"The thing I like about this is it allows our traffic enforcement officers to work on issues such as DUIs," Vice Mayor Claudia Walters said.
The recommended winner for the $2.7 million contract is American Traffic Solutions. Two of the other applicants — Redflex and Affiliated Computer Services State and Local Solutions — filed protests that were denied. Affiliated Computer Services holds the current contract
Last year, Mesa lost $238,094 operating the photo radar program, which included red-light cameras at 13 intersections and five photo radar vans. But under the new contract, Mesa is projected to make a $129,010 annual profit.
Mesa police traffic division Lt. Ben Kulina said there will be a warning phase before speed-on-green citations are issued to motorists traveling 11 mph or more above the speed limit through the intersections. Kulina said if a motorist is speeding through a red light, the issued citation will only be for the red-light violation. Kulina said having speed-ongreen at only one intersection at a time
can have the desired effect.
The 30 intersections will be chosen based on traffic volumes. The department has not finalized that list, Kulina said. If the program is approved today, all 30 intersections will be operational within six months.
Police department data show that over the last three years, monitored intersections saw a 15 percent decrease in total collisions and a 30 percent decrease in injury collisions. Nonmonitored intersections showed a 5 percent reduction in total collisions.
Mesa City Council What: Vote on photo radar contract When: 5:45 p.m. today Where: Council chambers, 57 E. First St. Contact: (480) 644-3333