New photo enforcement devices for Scottsdale school zones

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz -- Scottsdale will soon be implementing new photo enforcement devices around school zones.

Known as portable school towers, the phone booth-sized mobile machines will be rotated between the city's 31 school sites starting July 21.

When school isn't in session, the mobiles will be moved to other high-traffic areas for pedestrians, such as parks, pools, shopping areas and sports fields.

The department began testing the devices this month on a section of Miller Road between Thomas and McDowell Roads. Police say in two days, the devices recorded 130 violations, though no citations were issued during the test phase.

"Our department has found that photo enforcement helps reduce serious traffic collisions," a news release from the Scottsdale Police Department said. "During the first decade of photo enforcement use in Scottsdale, the city’s population increased by 33 percent while collisions decreased by 24 percent."