Each week I get solicitations in the mail from tourism interests in Arizona inviting me to please come visit. It’s a beautiful state and a personal favorite. Over the years, I have visited dozens of times. But Arizona shouldn’t expect me to come again any time soon. Why not? I just don’t feel it is safe to drive there anymore. And if the Office of Tourism is wondering why I feel this way, I suggest it ask the Arizona Department of Public Safety.
The safety department is charged with administering the state’s stepped-up use of “photo enforcement” zones to monitor traffic speeds. Arizona plans to have at least 60 stationary cameras and 40 mobile camera vans on the roads this year.