Town adds photo radar to four local intersections

The Town of Paradise Valley is installing fixed photo radar systems at four intersections.

The systems have been live since Thursday, April 30, according to a press release.

Former Paradise Valley Police Chief John Wintersteen marks the installation of the town's first red-light camera. The Town of Paradise Valley was the first municipality in the nation to install speed-monitoring cameras. (Photo courtesy Paradise Valley Historical Advisory Committee)

Former Paradise Valley Police Chief John Wintersteen marks the installation of the town’s first red-light camera. The Town of Paradise Valley was the first municipality in the nation to install speed-monitoring cameras. (Photo courtesy Paradise Valley Historical Advisory Committee)

The Paradise Valley Town Council voted to enhance its road safety program with Redflex Traffic Systems, Inc. in April 2014, the release states.

The additional photo radar systems will monitor both red-light running and speeding incidents at the following intersections:

*Lincoln Drive and Tatum Boulevard — two additional camera systems will monitor northbound and southbound traffic

*Lincoln Drive and Palo Cristi Road — one camera system will monitor eastbound and westbound traffic

*Lincoln Drive and Mockingbird Lane — one additional camera system will monitor eastbound traffic

*Tatum Boulevard and Desert Jewel Drive — two camera systems will monitor northbound and southbound traffic

In addition, the town is implementing Redflexred Halo at Lincoln Drive and Tatum Boulevard (monitoring eastbound and westbound traffic). Redflexred Halo is an intelligent collision prevention system that extends the all-red phase for cross-traffic when it detects a vehicle could run a red light, the release states.

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’ll enter into a deadly situation.

“Protecting our citizens is paramount for the Paradise Valley Police Department,” said Paradise Valley Police Department Lt. Michael Horn.

“Photo enforcement is an efficient and effective tool that modifies driver’s behavior. Over time, drivers slow down and stop on red, and our streets become safer for all road users.”

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