Sheriff: Photo Enforcement = “Stupid machines”

From KTAR:

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is not a fan of photo radar.

Arpaio weighed in on the issue while appearing on News/Talk 92-3 KTAR’s “Jay Lawrence Show” Sunday.

The sheriff said it’s up to attorneys to decide the legality of photo radar, but, “I like to stop people. […] I don’t like a stupid machine to give you a ticket.”

29 Responses to Sheriff: Photo Enforcement = “Stupid machines”

  1. Walter says:

    WAY TO GO JOE!!!!!

    You got my vote!

  2. I'm Back says:

    Whoever said “Politics makes for strange bedfellows” is right on today.

  3. Does anyone think it’s interested that the local sheriffs don’t like the cameras, but DPS does?

  4. Joe says:

    Yes, you DO now have to hug Sherrif Joe, just as you ran to hug the Sherrif down in Tucson. It’s the law.

  5. RPr says:

    Sheriff Joe has spoken out many times before against photo radar.

  6. RPr says:


    Goddard has no say in this matter so why bother

  7. Walter says:

    I already did.

    You finally got a hint of a victory and now you have to hijack every thread you can find to wave your flag.

    Like the article states Thomas has the last word. He says he will not prosecute. END of story.

  8. No one is commenting becuase it’s obvious that DPS ran around looking for support after Thomas came out with his decision. It’s more about PR than anything – DPS is VERY concerned about the perception of photo enforcement. Thomas’ interpretation of ARS 47-1722 is correct – is MANDATES a civil penalty for any photo radar ticket. What part of that is so hard to understand? If they want to criminally prosecute people for photo-cases, then the legislators need to re-write the law.

    And this is how stupid he thinks we all are… he compares photo enforcement – a reading by an unmonitored machine (owned by a private party) without any other witnesses or positive identification – to that of a breathalzer run by a government official with a human witness to the results along with positive identification and personal observations of behavior to corroborate the machine reading. Apples and Oranges.

  9. geez says:

    Joe will do something narcissistic soon to steal attention away from the camera’s and back to himself.
    I bet he will send a chain gang out with some old pentax camera’s to the border.

  10. Doc says:

    The article speaks for itself…other than to say that the VOTERS can/will make the call. Other than that, it states that the LEGISLATURE will have to decide. Not a whole lot to comment on. I guess you could say that it comes as no surprise that the 2 lawyers can’t come up with an intelligent thought between them…who th’ hell knows what they’ll say or not say?

    A lot of us are thankful that C.A. Thomas doesn’t wanna’ prosecute the scamera tickets for “criminal speed”. Most of us also understand that this isn’t an open invitation to Drag Race down the Highways of Maricopa county. Besides, doin’ that, when Firebird Raceway has “Friday Nite Drags” is just plain DUMB! I’m sure many of us are disapointed in AG Goddard’s assessment of the situation. But, again…2 lawyers…
    Maybe we could get th’ lawyers to settle this with a good ol’ fashoned Drag Race…Winner’s opinion stays!

    Remember…F R E E D O M ! ! !-Doc from Prescott

  11. see Joe is good. I’ve been wondering why he hasn’t already stepped up like the Pinal Sheriff did.

  12. James says:

    So, how are photo-radar tickets handled when Police, City, County, State, Parks and other government agencies handled? This might bring equal justice if they are compelled to pay fines for their violations like the rest of us. Currently such agencies are never found guilty or fined.

  13. kim panelli says:

    I was hired 1998 out of a legislative internship to organize a “fixed” study that involved getting into the state universities back pockets to ” study” trasportation. It was discussed by the lobbyist who was paid $50,000 (a former Fife Symington appointee). They instructed me to use whom I now understand to be illuminati controlled/affiliated liasons as the true intention is people tracking microchipping and fascist control. Mind you, this was prior to 9/11. It was actually discussed. Now the media makes it look like they are doing away with it when on February 24 there was already a strike everything bill proposed. Research arizona legislature website and search word cameras and you will see numerous agendas. Even the freemason brotherhood wants special recognition/privilege like government officials have in Africa to allow for descrimination and further corruption. Research Illuminati and new world order. This is much more serious than simply exploiting Arizonans for revenue. It borderlines treason! Understand that the media is Illuminati controlled. It is all a horse and pony show. All of it. And they control both sides. Order out of chaos. We are so busy paying attention to the show created for us that we miss the most important part! I recommend rallies and hearing appearances. Multiple calls to all legislators sponsoring these numerous bills. Their personal accountability is the only way to get right action. And don’t assume a bill will get heard through trasportation committee. Often these sneaky agendas are appointed in offbeat committees to sneak things through. We need to stop this and now! We are often busy at the show prepared for us that we miss the true danger completely.

  14. Kim, can you be more specific?

  15. I'm Back says:

    It does appear that we are just guinea pigs in a tracking project by the “elite.” I am convinced that it will fail though. People who embark on these sort of endeavors do not respect their fellow man/woman. Because of that, they underestimate what people are capable of and that’s when they create their own demise. Janet Napolitano will never be allowed back in AZ again without a heavily armed security force if she pulls off her ridiculous microchip ID plan.

    I hope you are wrong Kim, but similar sentiments to yours are found all over the net now. People like Alex Jones and Glen Beck are warning Americans against trusting their leadership. According to Jones and Beck, their plan to fiscally enslave us in a police and surveillance state is coming to fruition. Nobody has really been able to connect all the dots for me yet. However, there is evidence all around us that our elected and appointed officials do not have our best interests in mind and are only out to “take your money,” and track us wherever we are.

    It’s a scary world out there, but groups like Camerafraud are out to show that we won’t take this surveillance and secret taxation lying down. That’s the reason I got involved, not because of some New World Order conspiracy theory. It may be a small step, but if we can get these ridiculous cameras off of our streets and highways, especially with a citizens’ vote, it will send a big message.

  16. Doc says:

    I posted this for Walter last nite, but here it is again; . Someone from this site, & I apologize ‘cuz I don’t remember who, turned me on to it. May I suggest a “Maker’s Mark” on th’ rox B-4 reading this material. This stuff is off of the Drudge Repot, so, going by that I’d guess it’s fairly straight info.

    I’ve been sayin’ this for months now, & I can not Thank you guys enough for @ least showing me that I wasn’t the only person seeing this, & 2nd guessing myself…over & over & over. Kim P. & I’m Back—Thank You Again. J-no is really up to something wierd. Last year, she veto’d legislation on this nationalized Driver’s Lic. weirdness, only to bring up a more stringent version as Homeland Security Director. I KNOW this is just the tip of the iceberg. I stated long ago on this site that the Boy Scout motto is in effect…I REALLY hope everybody was/is on board.

    Remember…F R E E D O M ! ! !-Doc from Prescott

  17. BJ says:

    This is off-topic, but does anyone have any news on HB2106, the legislature’s ban on speed cameras? It passed out of the House Rules Committee, and then it disappeared.

    Is it still moving forward, or has it been deep sixed by lobbyists? Has anyone heard anything?

  18. Doc says:

    RPr is who gave me the worldnet site info! THANKS!

    Remember…F R E E D O M ! ! !-Doc from Prescott

  19. Joe says:

    Kim, I have a couple of friends I’d like you to meet. See? Yes, right over there. Yes, yes, the two guys with the white coats.

  20. Glyph says:

    @BJ: I believe HB2106, along with several other bills, has been put on the back burner pending a budget resolution. That’s what I’ve heard though I could be wrong.

  21. Doc says:

    Glyph & All-Senator Steve Pierce (R-Dist. 1) told me to my face that same thing. No legislation will be addressed untill the budget issue is resolved. He also said something about a time constraint of some sort that could put the kabosch on any legislation this session/year. Now, honestly, I’m NOT clear on this 2nd part, & will put a call in to him when i get a break from work.

    Remember…F R E E D O M ! ! !-Doc from Prescott

  22. More Photo Enforcement bills will be discussed in committee this Thursday at 9:00 in hearing room 3 if you guys want to come speak. The following bills will be useless if HB2106 passes, but if it doesn’t we want these to go into effect:

  23. Photoradar/photo enforcement is not run by the Sheriff, nor does he get a cut. Unlike when his men pull someone over. So I am not surprised. Plus Arpaio has a keen intuitive political instinct, and he knows the majority of people really hate these cameras.

  24. Who cares what the legiscritters do? If they ain’t gonna prohibit it anywhere outright, fuck ’em! All their bills do is water down ballot signature collection by making the public think they are the solution.

  25. Doc says:

    Thanks PhotoRadarScam! You da’ MAN!

  26. Walter says:

    Whats the deal with HB2170? Why are they making differences for commercial drivers license. Why is having a CDL any different than any other license?

    I have a CDL. and there are already too many restrictions on my license as it is.

    A CDL holder CAN NOT attend traffic school to take care of a traffic ticket. Even if they are in a personal vehicle when they get a citation.

    That’s not equal protection of the law.

    I have not had a single ticket in over 10 years. Handwritten or otherwise. (Knock on wood) But I still don’t think its fair to hold me to a different standard than anyone else.

  27. BJ says:

    “and he knows the majority of people really hate these cameras.”
    I’m worried that people are growing “used” to them, even though many despise them.

    IMO, Redflex is playing it cool right now, waiting for people to relax a bit before they put in more cameras. Notice that no more fixed cameras went up during February, like they said there would be?

    They want people to kind of forget about them and put them in the backs of their minds, behind fighting over Rush Limbaugh/Obama, arguing over education cuts, and worrying about their jobs. They figure that over time Arizonans will eventually give up and accept them, and then they’ll tout our state as an example for the rest of the country, saying how we “like” them.

    It is critical that people here don’t give up the cause, despite the distractions.

    Man, Redflex is the luckiest company in the world right now. If there was no recession, the cameras would already have been taken down.

  28. Vince says:

    You are so right about the recession and jobs BJ!!!

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