29 June 2009
Bad yellow-light timer blamed for $36,000 worth of citations

The Arizona Republic

Paradise Valley plans to refund a total of $36,000 to more than 1,000 drivers who received tickets for running a faulty traffic light at Tatum Boulevard and McDonald Drive.

The town sent 1,063 letters June 22 informing drivers ticketed between May 7 and June 17 to expect a full refund of their fines.

The yellow left-turn signal at the intersection lasted only three seconds, but town policy states yellow lights should last 4.5 seconds, Town Manager Jim Bacon said Thursday.

Drivers who paid only a citation will receive a refund of $182. Those who attended defensive-driving school will receive $234.

Public Works Director Andrew Cooper said he planned to investigate whether it was equipment or human error.

"We do not have all the data that we've requested," he said. "We definitely know it was a failure."

Cooper would not reveal the source of the data he had requested.

Read the rest of the story at The Arizona Republic.

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