Just a note of warning to all to beware of Arizona speed traps, specifically, Star Valley, just east of Payson. Star Valley uses traffic cameras set at the bottom of steep hills entering town with a sudden speed reduction from 55 MPH to 45 MPH with little warning.
These are classic examples of speed traps set up solely to generate revenue from unsuspecting through travelers.
Many of us use these routes going to Phoenix and Tucson areas. The town of Star Valley is proud that they collect over $1 million a year from unsuspecting travelers. This equates to over 10,000 tickets per year. Not a bad deal!
The rest of Arizona has discontinued the use of these photo speed traps; however, Star Valley has refused to comply as it is a major source of income for a town of less than 2,000 people.
I would recommend caution when traveling through Star Valley and certainly would not patronize any business, restaurant or gas station located there.
More information can be found by an AOL search “Star Az. speed traps” by the National Motorists Association. Be aware!!
Editor’s note: The photo enforcement program in Star Valley, which has in excess of 2,000 residents, generated only $244,976 in net revenues for 2013, with a steady decline expected each year for the next five years.