Redflex, DPS Ignore Arizona Sign Laws

Redflex and DPS have never paid a lot of attention to the laws that regulate photo enforcement on our state’s highways, and that was evident again this week on the Westbound Loop 101 at Scottsdale Rd. CameraFraud has documented over 5 violations so far:

  • Redflex Photo Van Caught Violating State Law
  • Redflex: Crooked Company, Crooked Signs
  • Redflex Violates State Law Regarding Signage… Again!
  • Prescott Valley disregards Signage Laws
  • A Little Something for the “Yeah, that’ll do…” Department

    They know that the less chance of drivers seeing the sign, the more revenue the Talivan will generate. ARS 28-654 (c) specifies that:

    Signs erected by a local authority or agency of this state as prescribed in this section shall contain a yellow warning notice and correlate with and as far as possible conform to the system set forth in the most recent edition of the manual on uniform traffic control devices (MUTCD) for streets and highways adopted by the director pursuant to section 28-641.

    Page 582 of the latest MUTCD (Dec 2009) specifies that temporary signs such as the signs used at mobile speed vans must be at least 1 foot from the ground. Clearly, the sign in the photo is touching the ground. We didn’t measure, but it also appeared that the sign was less than 300ft from the talivan as required by the law.

    The motives behind the decision to use this form of temporary signage (cloth) are also suspect because these signs are not appropriate for all types of weather, as shown in the next picture:

    Our recommendation to anyone challenging their talivan photo tickets in court: Bring these photos and the MUTCD with you, show them to the judge, and then ask for first hand knowledge or witness that the signs were not just in place at the time of your alleged violation (not just at the beginning or end of a deployment), but specifically that they were displayed properly. Ask and demand to know at what height and distance the signs were displayed and if the technician actually measured or just eye-balled it, or if the sign was blown over at the time of the photograph. Do not allow speculation or generalities. If they cannot answer this question, demand that your ticket be dismissed under section D as they cannot demonstrate compliance with ARS 28-654.

  • 27 Responses to Redflex, DPS Ignore Arizona Sign Laws

    1. photoradarscam says:

      Montgomery County is trying to get a class action lawsuit dismissed:

      An interesting part of the contract:

      “ACS promised the county in the contract it would “solicit interest and support” from reporters and “write and place one or more articles in the local daily newspaper of the county’s choice.””

      So much for honest journalism. It goes to demonstrate what we’ve known for a while: it’s likely that every article in the AZ Republic and other papers is probably a paid or sponsored piece.

    2. photoradarscam says:

      Nice camera malfunction:

      Just obey the law and you have nothing to worry about!

    3. Stacey says:

      How about Redflex ignores Arizona disabled parking sign laws:

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    4. James Howard says:

      At the one set up just south of Safford on US 191, the first sign was set up behind the pole holding up the speed limit sign, and the wind had knocked it over:

      The second sign was set the sign up off the roadway in the weeds.

    5. Happy Pants says:

      The Talivans are back on the 101 right under the 27th Ave Bridge in both East and West bound lanes. The one located in the Eastbound lanes is aprox 2000 feet after the fixed scamcam at the 28th Ave/I-17 exit. Milking the contract before it expires? Yes.

    6. jury nullification says:

      So desperate to protect their scam at any cost.. When the courts,cities and scamera companies are in collusion with one another, isn’t it called racketeering? ?

    7. Happy Pants says:

      Accident at 91st Ave and Bell Rd. Cameras doing a great job keeping motorists safe!

    8. Stacey says:

      Scum at AZ Republic Called Out:

    9. photoradarscam says:

      Seattle boycott of AZ may cause problems with camera contract:

    10. Malfeasant says:

      btw, i know this is a reach, but…

      redflex… red flecks… like blood spatter?

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