Arizona officially first in country with statewide photo radar

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PHOENIX -- Arizona is officially the first state in the country to implement statewide photo radar.

Statewide photo camera snapping today

While the program will start small with three photo radar vans deployed in the Phoenix area Friday, it's slated to grow quickly.

By the end of November, 40 mobile speed units will be patrolling Arizona's roads.

In addition, more than 60 permanent cameras will be installed in locations throughout the state.

EARLIER STORY: Arizona a go for statewide photo radar

STATEWIDE -- Arizona has been given the green light for statewide photo radar.

Starting Friday, Arizona will be the first state in the nation to have a statewide photo enforcement program to catch drivers who have lead feet.

State officials announced that the Department of Public Safety cold award the contract to Redflex Traffic Systems.

The plan was put on hold after a challenge from a competing company.

The contract means that some 100 mobile and fixed cameras will be deployed throughout the state.