New year could bring end to Ariz. speed cameras

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- More than a year after Arizona became the first state in the country to deploy dozens of speed cameras on highways statewide, threats to the groundbreaking program abound.

Profits are far below expectations and a citizen effort to ban the cameras continues to gain steam.

The governor has said she does not like the cameras, and more and more drivers getting tickets in the mail are ignoring them.

The Department of Public Safety says more than 700,000 tickets were given out to drivers going 11 mph or more over the speed limit between September 2008 and September this year.

If the mandated $181.50 in fines and surcharges were collected on all those tickets, that would total more than $127 million. But they had generated just $36.8 million through September.

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