Follow-Up: Accident Caused by Photo Radar


It’s official, we have our first officially documented accident caused by photo radar. In a follow-up to an article a few weeks ago, we obtained the accident report for the accident in the photos.

Of course, the officer didn’t explicitly say why the car was slowing down when he saw the photo enforcement zone sign, but we all know why.

The report says:

“According to the driver of Unit 1, she was trying to merge to the #2 lane from the #3 lane. When she looked away she did not see unit 2 slowing down. Thus unit 1 struck unit 2 from behind.”


Accident occurs in Photo Extortion Zone

Red coupe had rear ended another vehicle

Looks like it is hard to make the case that any officers were “freed up” by the cameras. Instead, the cameras appear to be causing an additional workload.

Another thought… why does it take 2 DPS units to respond to a non-injury accident? It seems if DPS wants to talk about how understaffed they are and how the cameras help them, how about only having 1 unit respond to minor accidents?

37 Responses to Follow-Up: Accident Caused by Photo Radar

  1. Stacey says:

    I talk to people all the time who drive for a living on the freeways and they see accidents in these zones all the time. It really is too bad there is no integrity left over at DPS.

  2. Nice work getting back the info!!

  3. Stacey says:

    Shortened Yellow – Naples

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    Phoenix, AZ
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  4. Stacey says:

    We were at the JennaBears car show this weekend and I can’t say enough good things about this foundation. Please keep them in your thoughts if your company is doing a fundraiser.

    CameraFRAUD.com

    Phoenix, AZ
    1,121 Volunteers

    Welcome to CameraFRAUD. We are united in our effort to get rid of every speed camera, red light camera, and photo radar van here in Arizona and across the country. We were suc…

    Check out this Meetup Group →

    Photos from the car show:

    CameraFRAUD.com

    Phoenix, AZ
    1,121 Volunteers

    Welcome to CameraFRAUD. We are united in our effort to get rid of every speed camera, red light camera, and photo radar van here in Arizona and across the country. We were suc…

    Check out this Meetup Group →

  5. Steve says:

    This can’t be the first time that photo-radar has caused an automobile accident. There was an accident late at night on I-10 on Thanksgiving and the news cameras at the scene showed the photo radar signs there. I never followed up but something tells me that the family (who were from out of town) probably weren’t used to being surveiled and I figured that the flash or the driver’s reaction to the sign probably caused the accident. You’ve got to know that DPS probably covers these things up.

  6. Happy Pants says:

    All you have to do is look for the skidmarks by the photo enforcement zones. There’s a few of them on the 101 and 75th Ave. Those stand out the most in my mind because I see them every day. They veer off into the center median, I wonder what they story behind them is. Think Saftey!

  7. Stephen says:

    The “best” the city of Cleveland can do is say “if you don’t speed or run a light” you will be ok????

    Talk about LYING OUT OF YOUR TEETH!

    WE all know photo enforcement REQUIRES LONG TERM VIOLATIONS to be profitable. That is why you find camera vendor playing games like short ambers, or running speed cameras in school zones IN THE MIDDLE OF THE SUMMER WHEN KIDS ARE OUT!

    No, the city could only use the feeble emotional argument, and not a very good one either. CLEVELAND OH CANT EVEN ARGUE WITH FACTS NOW! THEIR CAMERAS TIME IS ABOUT TO COME UP!

    KNOCK EM DEAD IN CLEVELAND COAST!!!!!!!!!!! Get the vote to the voters!

    • B says:

      “if you don’t speed or run a light” you will be ok.
      *******************
      Other putrid farts of a similar ilk:

      “If you don’t speed, you won’t have the problem.”
      “Just don’t break the law and you’ll be fine.”

      Ack… What a sign of intellectual atrophy… Few arguments make my stomach vomitously churn as much as those sentences. Why? Because of the truth behind them – These arguments are used to cover up their real motivations: fear or anger/vengeance.

      Fear: “I was scared to drive on the freeway. Now I feel safer.” A Dem state representative came out and practically said this…

      Even Redflex’s lobbyist testifying during the House T&I committee’s review of SB1443 used fear, speaking of how us speeders might all be packing heat – “You can get SHOT making a traffic stop.” I was surprised the lobbyist didn’t hold up a poster of that recently slain Gilbert officer’s face and shed a fake tear… Good hell…

      (The most ironic part of the fear argument is that the procamera cronies are there telling you to be afraid of your neighbor on the road, and then turning around and telling your neighbor how dangerous YOU are… AMAZING…)

      Stupid people trick psychology at its best…

      Then there’s our other favorite…

      Vengeance: To quote past posts on azcentral.com – “I don’t care about the money – I don’t speed, and I want the cameras to get even with the guy that cut me off last week for me!” That general sentiment of these clowns is anger at other drivers, which always follows the feelings of fear inspired by close calls on the freeway from the occasional rude driver. They don’t care about the Constitution. They don’t care about Big Brother. They don’t care about corruption over the revenue at the capital. They don’t care about traffic flow… All they ultimately do care about is themselves… and getting back at that other driver…

      I have to admit that Redflex’s PR guys know EXACTLY how to push people’s buttons. It’s their job to tell half-truths to accomplish their revenue-driven goals… Imagine just how ugly it’s going to get after July 1st…

  8. Tom says:

    A stalled car on the freeway caused an accident because people slowed down and there was a rear end accident. Also heavy traffic caused an accident the other day when traffic had to slow abruptly. A dog caused an accident the other day when he ran onto the freeway and traffic had to slow abruptly. A DPS officer caused an accident because he had a vehicle stopped on the side of the highway and traffic had slowed to see what was happening. I have another dozen accidents caused when traffic had to abruptly slow down. The cause of the accident is always what caused the slowing, and never the driver who is unable to slow or stop their vehicle before a collision occurs. Maybe there should be a law that says a driver should drive at a safe distance from the vehicle in front so they are able to slow or stop if the front vehicle suddenly slows or stops; this would reduce collisions. Until such a law is passed the rear driver in a collision is not legally bound and cannot be held responsible. Right??

    • Walter says:

      Yes Tom…there are LOTS of reasons for traffic to come to an abrupt slow down or stop. The question is WHY would we want MORE reasons? We should be working on removing hazardous driving conditions NOT installing them.

  9. Stacey says:

    Maybe, cities can stop shortening yellow light times so drivers can SAFELY stop. Maybe, cities can supervise their traffic engineering departments to ensure that accidents are being reduced. I know Phoenix is doing a half ass job per usual.

    I called up the Phoenix traffic department a few times about intersections outside my neighborhood and told them there was a problem. They ignored me. I told them someone was going to get killed. And guess what, two days after my last call the second rollover in a week occured. A month later a man was killed at that intersection.

    Phoenix traffic department could care less about the safety of drivers!

  10. photoradarscam says:

    These senators voted against HB2338:
    -Alvarez
    -Taylor
    -Rios

  11. Walter says:

    Maybe the person who did the FOYA on this could contact the drivers and find out what really happened. Maybe even get a few quotes? I would be interested in getting their side of the story. Straight from the source.

  12. iraq vet x 2 says:

    TEMPE — Police in Tempe are stepping up patrols at three of the city’s most dangerous intersections.

    1. Rural Road and University Drive (69 wrecks last year)

    2. Broadway Road and McClintock Drive (64 wreck last year)

    3. Rural Road and Southern Avenue (62 wreck last year)

    The patrol are a joint effort between the Tempe Police Department and the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety. why have patrols when some of these location’s have photo camera’s is it for public safety or an underlining hope to catch someone putting an egg on a photo camera?

  13. Happy Pants says:

    I just got a reply from Senator Sylvia Allen regarding SB1443.

    “I worked to amend this bill to take out the provisions that would allow for fines on seat belts, and expired tags, seen through the cameras. Also increase of road signs warning the driver. The bill is much better now. The bill does not keep photo radar if in November we the citizens vote to do away with it. Then this bill will have no affect. If the people vote to keep photo radar then this bill will help. I am voting in November to get rid of Photo Radar.
    Senator Sylvia Allen”

  14. Stacey says:

    Part two:

  15. iraq vet x 2 says:

    here’s a thought Senator Sylvia Allen how about working on a bill to outlaw photo radar? or talking to the govenors office about veto all bad bills dealing with photo radar?

  16. Stacey says:

    Police demonstrate red light camera software:

    • Happy Pants says:

      Some the comments on that page are asinine. “More Cameras, Less Cops” along with a slew of other moronic statements. It’s scary how ‘blind’ people are…Stand in a row and be counted.

      • The scamera companies pay trolls to search out stories and post comments. Look at the profiles and if they have generic handles/no pics, there’s a good chance they are fake.

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