School Zone Safety Cameras
The City of Mesa, the Mesa Police Department and American
Traffic Solutions, Inc. (ATS) joined together to improve
the safety for students, faculty and community members in the
Rhodes Jr. High School corridor on West Baseline Road, between
Longmore and Pennington.
The fixed-site speed cameras at school zones were the first
of its kind in the State of Arizona. Photo enforcement between
Pennington and Longmore was the first mid-block speed camera
system in Mesa.
School zone safety cameras will detect vehicle presence and
related speed 24 hours per day. The school zone safety cameras
are interfaced with the flashing yellow warning lights at the
school zones to determine if the speed limit is reduced to 35
MPH during school hours. If a vehicle commits an alleged
speeding violation, the school zone safety camera will take two
photographs of the vehicle. A second camera will photography the
front of the vehicle for driver identification purposes. The
school zone safety camera will capture a 10 second video clip of
the alleged violation.
Based upon a City Transportation study, the 85th percentile
speed for vehicles was 46.6 MPH during the 35 MPH school zone
speed limit, with the original school zone signage configuration
in 2005. City Transportation installed a driver speed feedback
board and yellow flashing lights during 2006 and 2007. A
follow-up study was completed in September 2008, after the
installation of the school zone safety cameras. The City
Transportation study reported the 85th percentile speed for
vehicles was 36.8 MPH in a 35 MPH school zone speed limit.
The 8th percentile speed was reduced by 9.8 MPH. A
standard vehicle traveling 36 MPH may be able to stop
approximately 62 feet sooner than the same vehicle traveling at
46 MPH. The 62-foot reduction is the equivalent to the length of
approximately three and one-half 2011 Chevrolet Tahoe vehicles
parked end to end. This example is a clear
demonstration that reducing speeds in school zones enhances
safety within the corridor.
The program was expanded to include the Fremont Jr. High
School corridor on Power Road; the Brimhall Jr. High School
corridor on Southern Avenue; Mesa High School corridor on
Southern Avenue and Skyline High School corridor on Crismon
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.
American Traffic Solutions Supports National School Bus Safety Week
October 22-26, 2012
To commemorate National School Bus Safety Week (October 22-26), ATS has
developed a campaign, Flashing Red, Kids Ahead, for our Crossing Guard customers
to inform motorists about the laws and safe practices to take when approaching a
school bus. To raise public awareness about the dangers of illegally passing a
stopped school bus and learn more about this campaign, please
click here to review their press release.