Phoenix Runs for Cover from Scandal – Where does the next Redflex Shoe Drop?

March 23, 2013

Who will be next to be caught up in Redflex’s scandalous wake and find themselves nursing door knob inflicted bruises on their rear end?

Redflex already admitted it on their investor call, “There will be other geographies where bribery was taking place.”

Geographies was an interesting choice of words by the new Redflex EVP. Could that “geography” be Phoenix…. or could it be ARIZONA? That’s right DPS, we’re looking your way.

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Where else is the bribery happening? Redflex says their shoddy internal investigation has uncovered two other locations, but of course that’s just a cover story. Of course there are more than two and it’s hard to imagine that bribery isn’t just standard operating procedure at Redflex.

So, where else has bribery happened? It has to be in Arizona, though there is no publicly available evidence to back it up, yet.

If you’re a politician you have two choices.

Choice A: Continue to run for cover and deny, deny deny. Then go to bed every night just hoping on top of hope that your name is never revealed. Have fun with that nightmare.

Choice B: Spill the beans on your cohorts before they do the same thing to you. It will make your involvement seem miniscule and may actually propel your career. Be the one who tells the truth about the Redflex scam and see your stock skyrocket.

It’s a pretty easy choice to make, but of course Arizona legislators like Rep. Karen Fann, Rep. Sonny Borrelli, Rep. Victoria Steele and Rep. Juan Escamilla choose to run for cover because they prefer cowardice to valor.

Meanwhile in Phoenix, Paradise Valley, Tempe, Chandler, El Mirage, Prescott Valley and everywhere else that Redflex has left their stain, the city council members are hiding under their desks and silent.

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Babeu to Gullet – Photo Radar is Still a Scam and I won’t back down.

October 25, 2011

Everyone knows the story of Paul Babeu winning the election for Sheriff in 2008 by taking on Redflex and promising to take their cameras down, for good, once he came into office.

Babeu delivered on that promise as soon as humanly possible. Many writers and commentors have taken issue with his politics in other arenas, so he’s become a bit of a hot button.

The good news is that he’s not backing down for his support of taking the profit motive of a private, foreign corporation out of law enforcement.

He’s even mentioned his promise keeping on this issue in a recent interview. Like him or dislike him, his potential run for US Congress deserves mention, especially if he’s leaning on his record when it comes to photo enforcement.

There are plenty of other issues to attach to Sheriff Paul, but the hard line he took on photo ticketing was a benefit to groups like this one and all over the country who are fighting the same fight.

Comments are wide open to criticize him for whatever you have take issue with.

More about this story on [WarOnDriving.com]


“What Happens?” + a CF announcement

July 26, 2011

What Happens?

What happens when cities (predictably) ignore elections?

What happens when their police departments illegally arrest activists – repeatedly – for daring to speak out against rampant surveillance and inappropriate corporate control over entire municipalities?

What happens when entire state governments are unable or unwilling to listen to the will of the people regarding foreign corporations who base their revenue expectations on mail fraud and phony tickets?

What happens when government considers mere movement a privilege instead of an inherent right?

They get painfully exposed by CameraFRAUD.

Again.

New tools. New Features. New Websites —Coming Soon.

It’s time to redefine activism. It’s time to act.

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the new CameraFRAUD 2012: Forum


Top 10 CameraFRAUD Stories from 2010 – Part II

December 28, 2010

5. Redflex CEO forced to admit that company falsified FCC documents for 11 years

In what amounted to a nuisance lawsuit by American Traffic Solutions (ATS) against Redflex, it was hard to gauge which side was more damaged by the proceedings.

A federal Judge said about ATS’s performance in court, “”At best the plaintiff has an extraordinarily weak case… it is weak at every point.”

Conversely, Redflex’s CEO Karen Finley was forced to admit under oath that it falsified FCC documents saying that their mobile radar equipment was exempt from certification and used those false documents for 11 years. That admission amounts to millions of photo tickets that are now in question.

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4. Redflex Traffic Systems spent 2010 circling the drain

It wasn’t easy being a member of this Aussie operation. Let’s review their lowlights:

*Attacked repeatedly by Australian and US media

*Sued by rival ATS

*Lost millions on Arizona contract failure

*Profits dropped by 92%

It’s no wonder employee morale is reported to be at an all time low and the company is for sale. Will 2011 be the end of Redflex?

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3. Tempe Scamera Lawsuits

In October, a massive RICO lawsuit was brought against the City of Tempe, Redflex and many politicians and law enforcement officials. If successful, the suit filed by Daniel Gutenkauf could bring down the entire photo ticketing fraud ring in Arizona.

Less than two months later, Redflex Traffic Systems, in a desperate move served its own customer, the City of Tempe with a separate lawsuit. They are seeking what the scamera vendor alleges are lost profits from defensive driving school fees charged to motorists who opt out of paying their photo tickets.

There certainly is no honor among thieves.

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2. Every Camera Ban Initiative Wins on Election Day

A lot of cameras came down in 2010 thanks to citizens initiatives

American Traffic Solutions really felt the wrath of the voters on election day in 2010. Their cameras were ousted by citizens initiatives in:

Garfield Hts, OH (Cleveland suburb)

Mukilteo, WA (Seattle suburb)

Anaheim, CA

Baytown, TX and Houston, TX

Congrats go out to all our friends in the fight against scameras from across the US who pushed back on Big Brother and abusive government. November 2nd, 2010 was a day to remember.

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1. Arizona Freeway Scamera System comes to an end

Under immense pressure from the Arizona Citizens Against Photo Radar initiative to ban all forms of photo ticketing in the state, the Redflex contract with AZ DPS was not renewed.

The ban photo radar petition in Arizona was the #1 non-paid citizens initiative in the entire US for 2010. Because the will of the people was spoken so loudly and clearly, a victory against the menacing freeway cameras was won. Thanks to all the hard work of signature gatherers and the volunteers who made this effort possible. We didn’t get everything we wanted, but the message was heard by your elected officials at the state capitol.

Of course the ultimate goal is to ban all forms of photo ticketing in Arizona. That goal moves forward in 2011!

A sincere thank you to everyone who supports our cause. We simply couldn’t do it without you.

The CameraFRAUD Family

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Scameras Come Down

October 28, 2010

Scameras on a Flatbed

Right on schedule (and right before the November election), the Scameras are coming down on the southbound i17. Crews were busy cutting down the Scamera poles and grinding down the bases that supported them. See more pics here.

Good riddance!
Of course, this is no time to celebrate because those cameras could return at any time. But we at CameraFRAUD can’t help but feel some satisfaction at a sight like this, knowing that Arizona’s ‘deal with the devil’ (that devil being Redflex) was, in their own words, an expensive failure.

DPS Chooses Not to Renew Speed Camera Contract with Redflex

May 5, 2010

In a letter to shareholders, Redflex informs investors that the Arizona DPS will not be renewing the contract for state wide photo enforcement. The company expects to take a 5 million dollar write down.

But it’s not time to celebrate yet. The cameras can come back at any time, and we need to get those signatures necessary to put the intitiative on the ballot this November!


CameraFraud at Ignite Phoenix 6

April 28, 2010

On March 30th 2010, Ross Trumble gave a presentation titled “Welcome to Arizona, the surveillance state” at the Mesa Arts Center, during an event called Ignite Phoenix #6. You can view the talk in the embedded YouTube video below.

The Ignite presentation and slideshow was co-authored by Ross Trumble and Wes Novack, with feedback and input from other CameraFraud volunteers. If you’d like to check out the slideshow used in the presentation in more detail, you can view it here.

CameraFraud volunteers were also on hand at the Mesa Arts Center to collect signatures for the End Photo Radar initiative.

The audience of near 500 people was very receptive to the presentation and the eyes of many uninformed Arizona citizens were opened. Great job Ross (and Wes), you hit one out of the ballpark.


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