A Slippery Slope…


Months ago when the state’s photo traffic enforcement program started, those who cared about their civil liberties objected loudly. Their argument was that the cameras represented a “slippery slope” that would lead us to the surveillance state, and we would lose our right to move freely about our own state and country without being monitored by Big Brother’s taxing cameras.

Well, you know what they say about karma:

Scamera Van on a Slippery Slope

Scamera Van on a Slippery Slope

Redflex is encountering slippery slopes of its own!

This is on the Westbound i10 approaching 43rd Ave. I would love to have stopped and investigate the matter, but I was on my way to work when I saw this. My guess is that the operator of the “Tali-van” tried to set up his little money machine on the berm, but was countered by the realities of gravity. Faced with ditching his vehicle and quarter million dollar camera onto the side of the freeway, he probably locked up his brakes and called for help.

DPS was on hand, at the bidding of their Redflex masters no doubt, to protect the quarter million dollar camera inside the van.

Oh, and for public safety.

Not so much for the driver though, I imagine he’s been replaced already.

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18 Responses to A Slippery Slope…

  1. RPr says:

    How do you get this stuff? you guys are everywhere LOL

  2. I'm Back says:

    Make sure to check out the new Camera Fraud twitter page at http://www.twitter.com/camerafraudaz !

  3. Joe says:

    I’ve always found it interesting that the DPS could possibly be supportive of any situation where an untrained, non-sworn worker simply parks an SUV on the side of a busy freeway and remains there, subjecting themselves (and others) to potential harm from a rear-end collision. Remember all those signs that say “emergency parking only”? That’s because it’s dangerous to park a car on the side of a freeway.

    This this as an experiment. Put a glass bottle on the side of a busy freeway on the shoulder, about 6 feet off the road. Come back 6 hours later. The bottle WILL be smashed to bits.

  4. [...] CameraFRAUD volunteers captured a precarious situation where a foolish DPSRedflex van driver almost rolled their vehicle on the embankment of the 1-10 west approaching 43rd [...]

  5. Chris T. says:

    I don’t get this post at all.

  6. Law A. Bidingcitizen says:

    someone has taken the liberties to take a picture and read into it waaaaaaayyy more than it is…. its not a van and it is not even close to rolling!!! talk about fraud… journalistic fraud.. or a great imagination!!!

  7. I'm Back says:

    You are grasping for straws sir. This is obviously subjective based on who is reading it. You have your biases and so do we. In no way is showing a picture with a description fraud.

    What is fraud is handing out tickets based on readings by a faulty system, with no oversight and saying that it’s in the name of safety. To make it worse, phony stats, skewed polls and propaganda using false premises are used to keep this system in place.

    Now that’s what I call fraud! ;)

  8. Law A. Bidingcitizen says:

    and i can call a picture .. with a dps cruiser and a dps suv and a freeway off ramp sign that reads 43rd ave. and some gravel, trees and a concrete barrier… oh and some asphault… everything i just described in this picture… now i can say that it is a picture of 2 dps officers having a romantic interlude…. and you can say it is a van about to roll!!! who is correct?

  9. No One says:

    One thing I can definitely say, if that were my vehicle I’d certainly not want it to be that close to the edge, with that much of a slope and that much gravel under the tires. Even if it is a 4wd, which is doubtful (though I do not know), that seems a bit…unsafe. What business do they have being up there anyway?

  10. Law A. Bidingcitizen says:

    i dont know… why does the dps shut down a freeway for an accident? and justify the complete mess that it causes by claiming an investigation!!! do we need all 5 lanes for investigations? now that is fraud!!!

    as for that suv.. i agree i wouldnt want to be there either… and the truth is the higher up that embankment he goes the probablility increases for the roll over…

  11. Joe says:

    http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/2009/02/02/20090202speeddata0202.html

    “Drivers are more likely to speed and get their pictures taken on the weekend and during daytime and evening hours with light traffic. However, more than 10 percent of the activations more than 6,000 came during the evening rush hour.

    “They’re not out there for the rush-hour period,” DPS Lt. Jeff King said. “They’re out there for 10, 11 o’clock at night when it’s free-flowing traffic.”

    Uh, Lt. King:

    You speak as if there is this group of people called “speeders” that is seperate and different than those who don’t. You speed. I speed. We all speed.

  12. Law A. Bidingcitizen says:

    joe- i think you have found the smoking gun!!!

  13. Joe says:

    I’ll have to take a spin late at night and get a peek at these people. I wonder what they’re like?

  14. Law A. Bidingcitizen says:

    take the porche so you can keep up with them!!

  15. Jimmy says:

    I travel in rush hour traffic, I don’t understand how it is taking pictures at 35 mph!!!

  16. Law A. Bidingcitizen says:

    there are some things jimmy that are not meant for you to understand!!! go back to bed

  17. RPr says:

    Brewer said she is opposed to photo radar, saying it intrudes on personal privacy and that it was installed on freeways across the state as a revenue-generating tool.
    “I hate it,” she said.

    The governor is opposed to the “Big Brother-ism” of the cameras that shoot images of all drivers that pass, regardless of whether the drivers are speeding. “It’s truly an invasion of our privacy,” she said.

    http://www.arizonaguardian.com/az/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=250:brewer-says-warns-of-tougher-times-ahead&catid=35:governor&Itemid=58

  18. Law A. Bidingcitizen says:

    the way that jan slammed janet about the state of the state she inherited…. i would think that jan has other pressing matters than the cameras…

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