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Frequently Asked Questions - Automated Speed Camera

What is a Speed Camera Enforcement Program?

Speed Camera Enforcement is a traffic safety program that communities use to decrease speeding violations and reduce collisions. The system uses a state-of-the-art digital camera and sensors that detect speeding violations. The detection equipment is installed on streets where speeding is a consistent problem.

The Fixed-Site Speed Camera produces high resolution color photographs of speeding vehicles and their drivers. The system is highly accurate.

How it Works

A speeding vehicle crosses sensors embedded in the pavement just before entering the speed camera zone. If the speed of How it worksthe vehicle is excessive, (11 mph and greater over the posted limit), the cameras will initiate and record the speed violation.

If a vehicle meets or exceeds the speed criteria established by the county, the system captures a front shot of the vehicle, the driver, and a back shot of the vehicle showing the license plate.  

With each image, the system records relevant violation data such as the location, date, time (in tenths of seconds), the speed of the vehicle, and the posted speed limit.

The system also records a 12-second video clip of each violation.

Trained processors, as agents of the Pima County Sheriff’s Department, review and compare the images, data, and video confirming the speed violation, and authorize issuance of citations.

Why are the speed cameras used?

Speeding is a leading cause of urban crashes and often results in injury and death.  Local governments install the system to improve public safety by deterring speeding.

Where will the speed cameras be located in Pima County?

Cameras

  • Northbound and southbound N. La Cholla at  W. Sunset Road
  • Northbound and southbound S. Mission  Road at W. Nebraska Street
  • Eastbound and westbound E. Ina Road at  N. Camino de Las Candelas
  • Northbound and southbound N. Swan Road at E. Calle Barril
  • Northbound and southbound Alvernon Way near Station Master Drive
  • Eastbound and westbound Valencia Road near Camino De La Tierra
  • Eastbound and westbound Valencia Road near Wilmot Road
  • Eastbound and westbound River Road near Country Club Road
  • Northbound and southbound Ruthrauff Road near Rillito Street
  • Northbound and southbound Nogales Highway near Hermans Road

Who receives the citation?

Citations are mailed to the registered owner of the vehicle.

What is the amount of the fine?

Fines for speed violations are based on how many miles per hour the violator is traveling over the posted speed:

 MPH Over Posted

11 thru 15

$239.25

16 thru 20

$258.25

21 thru 25

$278.25

26 thru 30

$291.25

31 over

$412.25

An automation fee in the amount of $18.50 and a photo enforcement fee of $14.75 will be assessed on each citation pursuant to local county ordinance.

I just had my picture taken by a speed camera. How long does it take before I receive the citation?

The citation is mailed ten days after the event.

What if the registered owner was not driving the vehicle at the time of the citation?

The owner should read and submit the Affidavit of Non-Responsibility (Option “B” found on page one of the citation received in the mail), within 30 days of the Issue Date of the Notice of Violation.  If the affidavit of non-responsibility is confirmed, the violation will be taken out of the registered owner’s name and the citation will be re-issued to the correct violator.

If the car has been reported stolen at the time of the violation, the owner must submit a copy of the filed police report with a signed Affidavit of Non-Responsibility.

Can I receive citations for other offenses as a result of my speed camera citation?

No.  Drivers who receive photo citations are cited for speed violations.  The Pima County Sheriff’s Department has chosen not to assign multiple violations.

Where do I mail my payment?

The citation will indicate the location of the specific court.  Mail your check or money order, payable to the court listed on the citation:

Pima County Consolidated Justice Court
115 N. Church Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85701-1199

or

Green Valley Justice Court
601 N. La Canada Dr.
Green Valley, AZ 85614

Include the tear-off coupon, Option A, in the enclosed envelope, making sure the payment side shows through the envelope window. Do Not Mail Cash.  Write your Notice Number on the check.  

Can I pay my fine in person?

You may also pay in person at the designated Court on your citation.  The two possibilities are:

Pima County Consolidated Justice Court
115 N. Church Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85701-1199

or

Green Valley Justice Court
601 N. La Canada Dr.
Green Valley, AZ 85614

The courts are open 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday excluding holidays.

Can I pay my fine online?

The Pima County Consolidated Justice Court will accept online payments.  The web address is http://jp.pima.gov.

Can I attend Defensive Driving School?

You may attend defensive driving school, Option D on the coupon, if you meet the eligibility requirements.  Contact the automated Defensive Driving School information line toll free at 1-888-334-5565 or online at www.supreme.state.az.us/driveschoolinfo for more information.

Can I request a hearing? 

You may contest the citation and request a hearing by completing the tear-off coupon, Option C, and mailing it to the designated court.

Where do I mail my Affidavit of Non-Responsibility?

Mail Option B to:

Violation Processing Center
Pima County Enforcement Program
P.O. Box 59995
Phoenix, AZ 85076

Where can I get help with my Citation?

Customer service can be reached toll free: Monday thru Friday, 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. by calling 866-790-4111.

What company provides the red-light camera program in Pima County?

Pima County has contracted with American Traffic Solutions Inc. (ATS) to provide the Automated Speed Camera Enforcement program. ATS will install and maintain all equipment related to this program and process violations captured by the equipment. ATS is a leading provider of technology and business solutions that support electronic toll and traffic management programs worldwide. More information about ATS is at www.atsol.com.   


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