Feb 4, 2014 7:33 PM by Lupita Murillo
TUCSON - Now that the speed cameras in the county are no longer active don't think you're getting the green light to speed.
The county decided to stop issuing tickets earlier this month, after concluding the cameras weren't consistently lowering speeds and collisions. But the cameras are still on and for the last month the Pima County Sheriff's Department says speeding has increased in some areas, and they're working on slowing drivers down.
Traffic Sergeant, Bill Murphy says "Some of the camera sights have picked up a 1000 per cent."
According to data from the Sheriff's and the Transportation department motorists are traveling 20 to 30 miles over the speed limit , some causing collisions.
That's disturbing to Stephanie Friend who spends quite a bit of time in her vehicle. She prefers having police presence over cameras. "Otherwise, people slow down before the camera and speed back up once they leave it so I think a person out there probably has a better impact."
Sgt. Murphy agrees. He's part of the Mission Oriented Policing Project known as MOPP to slow down the speeders. He says their target areas will vary. "We have citizens calling us all the time and say, this section of roadway or this section is bad, we see that and we combine that with collision data between those two we will come up with a plan."
Lou Waugaman is an avid bike rider, safe roadways are important to him and fellow bikers his advice. "Just don't speed."
Sgt. Murphy says they're not looking to bust anyone driving 5 miles over the speed limit, it's the people who have the lead foot they'll be giving tickets to.
This type of approach has been identified by Federal Highway Administration into what is termed as a "Speed Management Strategic Initiative."