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AAA plans online and printed alerts about Arizona speed cameras

Staff Report • Mar 2, 2009 at 12:00 AM

Drivers expected things such as road construction alerts, alternate routes and information about hotels and restaurants when they sign up with AAA.Now according to a report in USA Today, they're getting something else — warnings about speed cameras.AAA says it will include alerts to its members about a new statewide system of speed cameras in Arizona in online and printed trip maps. The Arizona speed camera system is the latest example of the rapid growth of the technology used to nab both speeders and red-light runners nationwide.Though AAA has included information about places it deems "strict enforcement areas," where traffic laws are aggressively enforced, in places such as Washington, D.C., and stretches of Interstate 75 in Georgia, this is the first time the group has issued such a warning about an entire state, says Mark Madeja, a spokesperson for AAA.More than 300 communities across the USA use cameras to catch red-light runners, says Russ Rader, media relations director for the non-profit Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. That's up from about 150 communities in 2006, he says.

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