Paradise Valley modifies photo enforcement program

A map of the photo enforced intersections (submitted photo)

A map of the photo enforced intersections (submitted photo)

The Town of Paradise Valley has modified its photo enforcement program to comply with a new opinion issued by Attorney General Mark Brnovich, according to town officials.

The Town of Paradise Valley first implemented its photo radar program in 1987. As time progressed, so did the technology, and the program was expanded to cover signalized red light violations.

On March 16, Attorney General Mark Brnovich issued an opinion (Attorney General Opinion No. I16-002) related to a question presented by a member of the Arizona House of Representatives.  The question was: “Are third party contractors who operate photo enforcement systems required to be licensed as private investigators under A.R.S. 32-2401 (16)…?”

Attorney General Brnovich responded in his summary answer “Third-party contractors who operate photo enforcement systems in Arizona are subject to the private investigators licensing requirements in Arizona Revised Statute (“A.R.S.”)  § § 32-2401 to -2462.  In so concluding, this Opinion overrules Arizona Attorney General Opinion No. I10-001, which is to the contrary.”

The Town of Paradise Valley and its police department strongly believe that photo enforcement modifies driver behavior by reducing speed and red light violations, according to a press release.  In November 2015, the town partnered with Redflex to include Redflex’s HALO system on Lincoln Road at Tatum Road.

Redflex HALO is an intelligent collision prevention system that extends the all-red phase for cross-traffic when it detects a vehicle is likely to run a red light. Law-abiding drivers in cross-traffic lanes do not receive a green light while the violator is running the red light, greatly reducing the chances they will be involved in a deadly collision, the release stated.

The Town of Paradise Valley strives for driver safety and believes that traffic safety can be enhanced with a photo enforcement program.  Therefore the town will continue to enforce state laws by using the photographic equipment and technology the town has purchased, the release stated.

All citations issued will be prosecuted.  However, at the present time the town will not have any third party contractor operate the photo enforcement system that the town owns and uses for gathering evidence related to traffic offenses.  The town will require third party contractors to comply with Attorney General Opinion No. I16-002.

Paradise Valley remains committed to traffic safety, therefore with this modification the photo enforcement system remains functional.

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