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PV City Council Meeting - Includes Accident Data Sept. 16th

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The Police Chief told the city council that the PV police do not review photo enforcement tickets or videos. He deputizes Redflex employees to review the videos and issue the tickets.­

The Chief of Police said that Redflex and the police department decide where the vans will go. PV owns one photo radar van and Redflex owns the other van. He said that Redflex calibrates the equipment.

He was asked how the yellow light times were determined at intersections with cameras and he said it was by the volume of traffic. He said the yellow light times were set at 4, 4.5, and 5 seconds.

PV Accident Data:

2000 - 251
2001 - 187
2002 - 160
2003 - 196
2004 - 203
2005 - 243
2006 - 223
2007 - 232
2008 - 197
2009 - 197

PV City Council Presentation - Includes accident data, number of citations, revenue, location of cameras, etc.:

Vernon Parker wanted to know why there wasn't a downward trend in accidents. He asked why the vans are not in plain view, and why signs aren't put out to warn drivers. He felt that if they were visible it would lead to a safer environment - reminding drivers to watch their speed. He suggested the town just put up toll booths at the entrances to the town. He was also concerned that videotaping drivers was an invasion of privacy.

Vice Mayor Mary Hamway asked a number of questions and had a list of 30 but was told by the Mayor to stop asking questions and she complied at question 15. She asked if EMTS and cops were ticketed by the cameras. The police chief told her that police weren't ticketed, but never answered her question in regards to EMT's.

Pam Kirby asked if the accident rate had gone down across the country. She received no answer from the Chief of Police. She noted that there were 21,915 photo radar tickets court filings, but only 8,666 were paid.

The council was shown where the money from the tickets went. A more detailed breakdown can be found at the link below.

$70.53 - general fund
$34.47 - Redflex
$20.00 - Courtenhancement fee
$125.00 - State surcharge (84% of $125) = $20 state probation fee­

Sept. 16th, 2010 Paradise Valley Minutes­

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