Plan This Weekend’s Joyride; Radar Vans Will Be Off Duty
The white police vans, parked on the side of the street, might be enough of a giveaway. But then there is the sign that reads, “Notice: Traffic Laws Photo Enforced” — a warning to motorists that a radar trap lies about 500 feet ahead.
For the past eight years, the Tucson Police Department has used photo radar vans in its traffic safety program, an effort that also includes several cameras to catch drivers who speed or run red lights.
But the Tucson Police Department has been transparent about where the cameras and vans are posted. As vehicles approach, inevitably a two-step dance begins. Drivers slow down, then speed up again after they have safely passed.