Encanto Signature Gathering Event

The number of signatures keeps rising

The number of signatures keeps rising

At the Encanto Palmcroft Home Tour, hundreds of people eagerly signed the petition to ban Photo Enforcement in Arizona. It was a great event, the weather was mild, there was live music, and we met lots of interesting and creative people.
Most importantly, just a handful of CameraFRAUD volunteers were needed to bring us hundreds of signatures closer to our goal.
It’s interesting to see how CameraFRAUD’s mission, method, and focus have evolved over the months. In the beginning, it was about waving signs at intersections and working with the media to create awareness. More, and larger protests followed, and soon people were honking in support as they drove past CameraFRAUD’s trademark homemade styrofoam signs all over the valley.
In addition to local media, CameraFRAUD caught the attention of national media and bloggers all over the country. CameraFRAUD was growing, and established chapters in Tucson and Washington DC. Inspired by CameraFRAUD’s efforts, other anti photo enforcement groups began to form, such as Don’t Flash Me Bro in Las Cruces, New Mexico.
Realizing that more needed to be done than just waving signs, CameraFRAUD volunteers introduced a Citizen’s Ballot Initiative. Holding a press conference in front of the State Capitol, CameraFRAUD announced the initiative to a dozen news cameras and scores of supporters. Newly elected Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu spoke in support of the initiative, and was the first to sign it. Other politicians were onhand to voice their support, specifically Ron Gould and Russell Pearce. Other politicians took notice and began introducing legislation to severly limit the use of automated photo enforcement in Arizona.
Last week, Sam Crump’s HB 2106 was passed by the House Appropriations Committee. Much has been accomplished in just a few short months, and volunteers with CameraFRAUD have risen to each challenge. We’re still a long way from our desired goal, but we’re not behind schedule either. As the Information War from Redflex and DPS will no doubt soon be upon us, CameraFRAUD will grow and evolve to meet those challenges as well.

21 Responses to Encanto Signature Gathering Event

  1. Mark S says:

    I am glad that this is going forward. I know hundreds, if not thousands more signatures will be gathered at the BikeWeek event at WestWorld.

  2. Law A. Bidingcitizen says:

    only problem with bikers signing is… their felonies!!!

  3. RPr says:

    great job PR

  4. duece says:


  5. No One says:

    The last paragraph of the Wall Street Journal article posted above:

    “A study of crash causes released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration last July found about 5% of crashes were due to traveling too fast and 2% were from running red lights. Driving off the side of the road, falling asleep at the wheel and crossing the center lines were the biggest causes identified.”

    My comedic sense of irony was tickled when I read that + Duece’s comment.

    But anyway… on the monthly meetings, I think that’s a grand idea. It’s often difficult to fit things in with only a couple of days’ notice. A “standing arrangement” makes it much easier to schedule in.

  6. Mark S says:

    Law A. Bidingcitizen Says:
    March 30, 2009 at 12:25 am

    only problem with bikers signing is… their felonies!!!

    LAB, I will be out there on Friday and Saturday, possibly Sunday. Care to meet “us felons” out there. You start any crap out there and you will be taken down, not by one or two, but thousands.

    Hope to see you there, LOSER!

    And calling all bikers felons is totally WRONG. I know a lot of police officers, firemen, doctors, etc, that ride motorcycles and are members of some M.C.s.

  7. Mark S says:

    No One,

    You are right. Speeding and red light running are not the top. Actually, unsafe lane changes (which are in line with the other crash factors you mentioned) are the number one casue off accidents and fatalities. Having to switch lanes to go around people not traveling with the flow of traffic is the problem.

  8. I'm Back says:

    Time to give up the fight troops. 350 new speed cameras are going up in Phoenix. They will now be enforcing speed on neighborhood streets. We had fun while it lasted, but it’s quite clear to me now that the Cameras are NOT coming down.


  9. Glyph says:

    Yeesh, it’s an April Fool’s Day joke…

    I bought it hook, line, and sinker :-/

  10. guttersn1pe says:

    Yep – KTAR is pretty good at doing these. Last year it was the conversion of the freeways to toll-roads ($1.01 to drive on the 101, $0.51 to drive on the 51, etc.).

    Although I guess with the speed cams, the toll road joke kind of came true.

  11. I'm Back says:

    My favorite was when they did the “Pay-per-listen” hoax. Everyone was up in arms about 15 Suns games being on Pay-per-view. KTAR said that there were certain games that you’d actually have to pay money to hear on the radio.

    If that was all we had to worry about back then, those must have been the good ol’ days.

  12. Mark S says:

    Is it my imagination or did the http://www.camerafraud.com domain get hijacked?

  13. Mark S says:

    …or a cruel April Fools joke…

  14. This joke got me good. I get new alerts on my BB. I got it early this morning and I was pissed until I realized what was up. Good joke though, I think it will help our cause. Talk like this will only move the public against the cameras, even if it is a joke.

  15. guttersn1pe says:

    I don’t think it was hijacked, I think it’s someone here playing a joke. I think it’s funny.

  16. I'm Back says:

    I wonder if Ankarlo had something to do with this? He’s been on our side for quite some time. It’s still up on their website and people are still making comments. I agree with Guttersn1pe – nothing like a little humor with hyperbole mixed in to show the masses what a ridiculous system this is.

  17. Doc says:

    This is the ONLY piece of information that j-no has fully memorized.

  18. I'm Back says:

    Mark S,
    That logo for TIA is going to give me nightmares!!

  19. Alice Lillie says:

    Well, I think it’s a feather in the cap for CameraFraud. It shows that you are doing your job. If DHS actually takes your page down, that means a measure of success on your part; you are making a difference. Keep up the good work.

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