The tide is turning against photo enforcement/radar faster than we can report on it. Despite a global economic downturn, cash-strapped municipalities are declining to add or are rethinking the revenue-generating devices.
Case in point:
The French National Assembly is starting to think it might just be a bad idea to allow automated ticketing vendors to certify their own equipment:
At issue is the practice of allowing the private, for-profit company responsible for the ticketing programs to self-certify its own hardware as accurate. “It appears that the automated radar speed control devices are not completely reliable or completely transparent,” National Assembly Member Rudy Salles said in an exchange with the Interior Minister.
Colorado lawmakers have killed a planned expansion of automated ticketing introduced by Sen. Bob Bacon, D-Fort Collins (Bacon huh… insert pork jokes here). Before being killed completely, a provision was added to exempt out of state tourists from the profitable system to prevent a loss of tourism:
Rep. Bob Gardner, R-Colorado Springs, amended the measure to exempt out-of-state motorists from having to pay the camera-issued tickets. He did this partly because interstate compacts don’t allow effective enforcement of the law and partly because he was worried about hurting tourism, he said.
“Some cities use it mainly for red lights. Others do it for speed, and others do it for safety… and money, quite honestly.”
Back in Arizona, DPS has continued their high-profile show trial arrests of those accused by a machine of criminally speeding despite a clear message from the County Attorney that he won’t pursue the cases:
On November 8, 2008, photo radar captured Reeves traveling at 130 mph on southbound SR 51 near Bethany Home road in Phoenix, according to DPS.
Obviously, real public safety has now taken a back seat to politics and profit as it took DPS a whopping five months to locate a person who was accused of speeding by a machine, only to likely have the charges dismissed by the County Attorney. Meanwhile, even assuming this person really did drive anywhere close to the speed he’s being accused of, he was allowed to continue to endanger drivers for months because DPS has outsourced their duties to Redflex in the name of the all-mighty dollar and the ever-increasing surveillance state.