Photo Enforcement Failure: When Humans Can’t Keep Up With Machines

Photo Enforcement Failure: When Humans Can’t Keep Up With Machines

A controversial traffic management program has been closed in Arizona.

Naresh Kumar
  • 19 july 2010

Arizona’s controversial photo-enforcement program ended last week, with over 70 cameras meant to catch speeders on its freeways ceasing operations. The program, which began two years ago, resulted in almost 700,000 tickets in its first year, but many of the offenders ignored the tickets and never paid the fines. Since the tickets were mailed, they were easy to ignore; moreover, the overworked process servers just couldn’t get to everyone who ignored a photo-enforcement ticket. Consequently, out of the potential revenue of about $90 million, only 30 percent of it was actually collected.

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