Star Valley town officials still don’t know how much money, if any, the town is making off the speed cameras installed less than a year ago, but they have seen a dramatic drop in drivers flashed over the past months.
Town Attorney, CFO and interim Town Manager Tim Grier said he recently saw a drastic drop in the number of drivers flagged for speeding, likely because of fewer tourists in the winter months and drivers actually slowing down.
“People are slowing down,” Grier said. “And that is what we wanted to happen.”
Grier reported in October, fewer drivers were flashed compared to the summer months.
“Several hundred were flashed a day in the summer and 50 a day in October,” Grier estimated.
“The state cameras on all the different state highways will and have had an impact on changing driving habits.”
When the town installed the cameras in February, they were told they were a neutral revenue source for the town, said Town Clerk Sarah Luckie.
Months later, the town has yet to determine how much money the cameras are bringing in because of a recent intergovernmental agreement with the Gila County Superior Court, processing costs and employee fees.
“We are still not able to predict what it will bring in,” Grier said. “It is a moving target with a lot of parts, but we want to get a better idea of what we’re bringing in.”
For October, the number of paid tickets was 846, September 853 and August 664. Ticket fees range from around $187 to $256 depending on speed. Drivers must be going 11 mph over the 45 mph posted speed limit to be flashed.
It takes roughly two months for a ticket to be processed, so tickets paid in October represent tickets issued in August.
Redflex Traffic Systems owns the two cameras and reviews each ticket and accompanying photo, comparing the photo with records to make a positive match of the driver. Once they review each ticket, it is sent to Star Valley for a final review. Town Marshall Dick Baranzini reviewed each ticket as the photo enforcement officer since March, but has been replaced by two workers, Sharon Rappaport and Nofrat Barak-Turner.