Speed cameras coming down on Arizona freeways

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

PHOENIX -- The speed enforcement cameras that Arizona used for two years to ticket drivers on state freeways will begin coming down this week.

The state ended its groundbreaking enforcement program in July after it allowed its contract with Scottsdale-based Redflex Traffic Systems to expire.

The program was panned by critics who said it was intended more as a way to generate revenue than improve safety. The program was supported by those who said it slowed motorists driving at unsafe speeds.

The Arizona Department of Transportation says cameras on Interstates 17 and 10, State Route 51, Loop 101 and U.S. 60 will be dismantled starting this week late at night. The job should be done by November.

Arizona had 76 fixed and mobile cameras at the program's peak.

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