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  1. Cornbread Red

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    Mar 18, 2006
    Asscratch Ranch, Roosevelt AZ.
    The Arizona Department of Public Safety's two photo-enforcement vans have been pulled from duty on state highways because of questions over whether their radar units have been federally certified, The Arizona Republic has learned.
    DPS declined to say how many speeding citations were issued while the vans were operating, or whether those cases would be dismissed and fines refunded to drivers. It said it would issue a statement later today.
    Spokesman Bart Graves did acknowledge that DPS also has stayed a larger photo-enforcement contract awarded last month to Redflex Systems Inc. of Scottsdale. That contract, due to start in late September, would expand the state's first photo-enforcement program to 100 fixed and mobile units by January. <SCRIPT type=text/javascript>OAS_AD('ArticleFlex_1')</SCRIPT><SCRIPT src="http://gannett.gcion.com/addyn/3.0/5111.1/133600/0/0/ADTECH;alias=azcentral.com/news/articles_ArticleFlex_1;cookie=info;loc=100;target=_blank;grp=422168;misc=1218656029437" text="text/javascript"></SCRIPT><SCRIPT src="http://js.casalemedia.com/casaleJTag.js" type=text/javascript></SCRIPT>
    Redflex spokeswoman Cristina Weekes referred all questions to the state agency. Calls to the Federal Communications Commission, which regulates the devices, were not immediately returned.
    The two idled vans were operating under a pilot program DPS started a year ago, monitoring speeders at locations on state highways known for high accident rates. They apparently were pulled in early August after Redflex archrival American Traffic Solutions Inc., also of Scottsdale, filed a complaint. American Traffic complained to the Federal Communications Commission Aug. 7 that Redflex had not received the necessary approvals for its radar units.
    Redflex and American Traffic compete fiercely against each other and other firms for contracts with law-enforcement agencies around the country. American Traffic lost a recent competition for the larger DPS contract, which is expected to pay the winning vendor $20 million for implementation and a share of revenue from speeding citations for at least two years.
    American Traffic complained to the FCC that Redflex's radar units, supplied by British manufacturer AGD Systems Ltd., had not received a "Type Acceptance" from the federal regulators. It asked the FCC to stop Redflex from marketing or using the devices until approval was granted.
    Redflex also needs a separate FCC approval to use AGD's units, said James Tuton, chief executive officer of American Traffic.
    Redflex spokeswoman Weekes blamed the controversy on the competition between the two firms. "The inevitable sour grapes happen," she said.
    Tuton denied the contract protest arose because of that.
    "We're not happy we weren't selected, but we rarely protest," he said. "It's only when we see something untoward or that a committee missed something."
    DPS' Graves said the stay affects only the contract award. DPS continues to work with the Arizona Department of Transportation regarding locations for the cameras and with courts that would administer the traffic cases, he said.