According to the Governor's Traffic Safety Advisory Council
(GTSAC), from 2000-2006 Arizona's population increased by 22.9
percent. Arizona's population growth was approximately 360
percent larger than the national average. The increase in
population has led to an increase in the number of driver's
licenses and the number of vehicle miles traveled (VMT).
Traffic crashes are an epidemic in our state and in our
country. Across the country, someone loses a loved one in a
crash approximately every 12 minutes. Motor vehicle crashes are
a leading cause of death in Arizona, especially among young
people. From 2000-2004, motor vehicle crashes were the leading
cause of death for people in Arizona between the ages of one and
39. The groups most affected were the 15-19 and 20-24 age
From 2002-2005, the annual fatality crash rate in Arizona was
approximately 33 percent higher than the national rate. There
were 1,271 fatalities and 16,365 serious injury crashes at
intersections and 2,194 fatalities and 12,670 serious injury
crashes that were speed related. Maricopa County accounts for
67 percent of all intersection fatalities.
Five countermeasures were recommended by GTSAC. One was to
promote the use of automated enforcement cameras at
intersections to deter red light running and speeding. The City
of Mesa has installed 34 red light cameras and 9 intersection
speed cameras at 30 intersections throughout the city.
A photo-based traffic enforcement attitude study was
conducted in the City of Mesa in 2006 and again in 2013. The study's gauged the
support for a photo safety program and its effectiveness.
- Eight out of ten residents believe red light running is
a problem in Mesa.
- Over 85 percent of Mesa residents are in favor of the
city's red light camera program.
- Of those surveyed, 3.5 percent received a red light
camera citation in the past year. Of those, nearly 86
percent said it made them a more careful driver.
In summary, the City's red light camera program is well
supported by Mesa residents.
Automated red light running photo-enforcement systems, also
known as red light cameras, can help communities enforce traffic
laws and prevent dangerous traffic signal violations. Red light
cameras are connected to traffic signals and to sensors buried
in or above the pavement at the crosswalk or stop line. The
cameras are triggered by vehicles passing over the sensors after
the signal has turned red. Two photographs of the violation are
taken, one when the vehicle enters the intersection and the
other while it is in the intersection. In most localities with
the systems, citations are mailed to the registered owner of the
car who is able to challenge the citation if he or she was not
the driver at the time of the violation.
Some argue that red light cameras violate a motorist's
privacy rights, but they are less invasive and less subjective
than traditional law enforcement methods. Cameras photograph
only the vehicleâ€™s license plate or the face of the driver,
depending on a state's law, whereas a ticketing officer can see
inside the vehicle. With the cameras, there is no subjectivity
or privacy violation because whoever crosses the intersection
after the light turns red will receive a citation.
By obtaining a driver license, an individual agrees to abide
by certain rules, one of which is to obey traffic signals. The
use of cameras is just one way to enforce this law and is a
necessary supplement to ongoing police enforcement.
Mesa Police Department
PO Box 1466
Mesa, AZ 85211
Visit www.ViolationInfo.com to view information about your
citation. You will be asked to enter your Notice number and PIN number which are
found on the front of your Warning or Notice of Violation, in the upper right or
left corner, inside the red box.