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Fatal car crashes in Phoenix down 29%

[Source: Associated Press] — Arizona’s new statewide speed-enforcement program certainly has its detractors.  But the Arizona Department of Public Safety says the program already is saving lives and helping prevent accidents.  Between Sept. 26 and Dec. 16 — the first 80 days of the program — DPS says fatal collisions in the Phoenix metro area decreased by 29% from the same time period last year.   Also in that time period, DPS says injury crashes decreased by 17%.

Arizona became the first state in the nation to launch a statewide photo enforcement program.  The program calls for 100 mobile and fixed devices on freeways throughout Arizona.  More than 40,000 drivers were issued tickets in the first two months of the program.  [Note: To read the full article, click here.]

New speed cameras added along I-10 near downtown Phoenix

[Source: Tim Vetscherm, ABC 15 News] — Three new speed cameras have been added to the I-10 corridor through downtown Phoenix.  The cameras are part of 100 systems that will be added to Valley freeways and highways in the coming months.  Sixty cameras will be of stationary variety and 40 will be mobile speed units, according to Department of Public Safety officials.  The newest additions are along both eastbound and westbound I-10 at 15th Avenue and eastbound I-10 at 16th Street.

A Department of Public Safety spokesperson said the camera locations in the Phoenix Metro area will be based upon serious injury and fatal collision data.  “Our goal is to slow speeds down in those areas we can show have a high area of collisions that are speed related,” said Lt. James Warriner with DPS.

The Arizona State Legislature delegated close to $20 million to the vendor for implementation of the program, $4 million to the State Supreme Court Administrative Office of the Courts, and $2.173 million to DPS to administer the program.  For a list of locations of the Valley’s new speed cameras, click here.

So what happened on “Peace and Love Day” in Phoenix?

Pat Shannahan, Arizona RepublicOn July 31, Ringo Starr had fun backstage at the Dodge Theatre with Phoenix mayor Phil Gordon, who gave the drummer-singer a key to the city and a proclamation for “Peace and Love Day” before the ex-Beatle took the stage to bring smiles to an adoring audience spanning all ages. 

So what happened outside of Dodge Theatre on “Peace and Love Day” in Phoenix, Arizona? 

The next day, August 1, Phoenix’s Police Department did issue some very good news: Reductions in violent and property crimes for the first six months of 2008 were the largest decreases in more than 10 years.  Reported incidents of violent crime dropped 8.5% overall, homicides down 25.7%, aggravated assaults down 14.2%; property crimes down 10.4% overall, arson cases down 12%, and motor vehicle thefts down 29%.