SOURCE: Redflex Traffic Systems

September 25, 2007 11:01 ET

REDFLEX Signs First Statewide Highway Speed Monitoring Program in the U.S. With Arizona

Independent Study Cites Strong Benefits to Law Enforcement, Public Safety

SCOTTSDALE, AZ--(Marketwire - September 25, 2007) - Following the overwhelming success of the nation's first freeway speed monitoring pilot project in Scottsdale, REDFLEX Traffic Systems announced they have signed a new agreement for a highway speed enforcement pilot project with The Arizona Department of Public Safety. The latest program provides two mobile speed monitoring vans that will be deployed across the state to deter speeding and is the first statewide speed enforcement contract in the U.S.

REDFLEX's agreement with the state followed a nine-month pilot project on Scottsdale's Loop 101 that utilized speed-trip sensors to monitor and photograph drivers exceeding the posted speed limit without the need for an on-site police officer. The initial pilot project resulted in a significant reduction in speeding, side-swipe crashes and the injuries resulting from these types of collisions. Economic benefits tied to the program included $10.5 million in annual savings thanks to a decrease in medical expenses, lost wages and decreased productivity.

Arizona's speed enforcement program was authorized by Governor Janet Napolitano who cited an independent study by the Arizona Department of Transportation, Arizona Department of Public Safety, and the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration as compelling proof that the benefits to law enforcement and public safety made highway speed photo enforcement a priority to the state.

"The pilot project on the Loop 101 was very successful," Napolitano said in a written statement. "It had an impact on speeding. It had an impact on accidents."

In addition to adding the Department of Public Safety mobile vans on Arizona freeways, REDFLEX is also working with the town of Prescott Valley to use mobile photo speed-enforcement vans on two key state highways in one of the fastest-growing areas of Arizona.

After signing an intergovernmental agreement with the State of Arizona, Prescott Valley is set to become one of only a few communities in the U.S. to use mobile photo radar vans on a state freeway or highway with the deployment of vans on Arizona 69 beginning this fall, and eventually Arizona 89. The town's five-year contract with REDFLEX includes red light cameras and mobile vans on town streets.

REDFLEX was also awarded a five-year photo-enforcement contract with the town of Star Valley, Arizona earlier this summer. Community leaders signed the agreement hoping to establish photo speed-enforcement systems along Arizona 260.

Arizona state routes 69, 89 and 260 are major thoroughfares for commuters moving between Arizona high country communities like Sedona, Prescott, Cottonwood and Payson.

"The results are in and photo enforcement provides significant safety benefit, deters speeding, and provides substantial financial savings," said Karen Finley, President and CEO of REDFLEX Traffic Systems. "REDFLEX is leading the way as an innovator in the field of photo enforcement with this first-of-its-kind statewide agreement with Arizona. As the leading innovator in the field of photo enforcement in the U.S. is yet another example of our commitment as the industry leader," said Finley.

Study results originated from the collaborative research and implementation efforts of the Arizona Department of Transportation, Arizona Department of Public Safety, and the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration. Data collected in these extensive studies indicated that single driver car accidents were reduced by 71 percent, side-swipe collisions by 58 percent, and accident-related injuries by 40 percent all the while drastically reducing driver error on the highway.

Drivers exceeding the posted speed limit are photographed by mobile REDFLEX cameras and are then reviewed by local officials to ensure the legitimacy of each ticket before a citation is issued. During the initial highway speed enforcement pilot project, REDFLEX technology documented dangerous speeders traveling on Highway 101, including one ticket issued for speed in excess of 140 MPH.

About REDFLEX Traffic Systems

REDFLEX Traffic Systems Inc. is the largest provider of digital red light and speed enforcement services in North America. With headquarters in Scottsdale, Arizona, and offices across the United States, the company provides traffic safety technology and administrative expertise that helps reduce deaths and injuries resulting from traffic collisions. REDFLEX, which partners with public safety officials in state and local governments, has created many of the technology and processing methods that are now standard in the photo-enforcement industry. Founded in 1986, REDFLEX Traffic Systems is the longest consistently operating company in the industry.

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