DPS scameras still hiding in the shadows

One of our CameraFraud volunteers recently captured the below photo showing 2 DPS scamera vans hiding on a freeway, lurking in the shadows underneath an overpass.

This just goes to show that Arizona DPS continues to ignore recommendations issued by ASU Professor Simon Washington Ph. D. (and others), which state in part:

“the placement of cameras in close proximity to high information load locations (e.g., on- and off-ramps, underpasses, billboards, weaving sections, directional signs, etc.) should be avoided.”

“Placement of cameras in sight-restricted locations should be avoided.”

Of course, if it’s not about safety and all about the money, why would they listen to some silly suggestions comprehensive analysis from an ASU professor and colleagues?

Perhaps DPS is trying to rake in as much revenue as possible before they are forced to abandon the scamera game.

If you’d like to read more, we previously covered the ASU study in the following articles:
DPS vs. Prof.: At Odds Over Cam Locations
DPS and Redflex: No Regard for Human Life

Thanks to Stacey for capturing the photo used above.

43 Responses to DPS scameras still hiding in the shadows

  1. We should start selling camerafraud sunglasses, hats and bandannas for the last 6 weeks of this freeway scam. We need to protect our eyes from the constant flashes and protect our identity from the video capture that Redflex has unauthorized use of.

  2. LibertyDefenderAZ says:

    When what you’re doing is questionable, I guess you gotta hide in the shadows…

    • kandaris says:


      This is choice:

      “That, I would think, is not discretionary,” Anderson said, because “we’re talking about very important revenue streams for the city” that are a function of an existing contract.

      They’re on such high moral ground. OMG!!!

  3. jury nullification says:

    These privately registered vehicles are not owned by DPS. When they are moved between locations the private operators are impersonating the police which is a felonious act.

  4. L. Davis says:

    More trickle-down reporting from the Arizona Repugnant:


    • In a case like that, clearly there is no review before tickets are issued. What a sham.

    • alucard says:

      Speaking of malfunctioning machinery, the Redflex Pirate System at Southern and Rural in Tempe snapped a few pictures this evening when the first cars in our lanes turned to green (no traffic from the cross street).

  5. nosnaptrap says:

    “Man arrested at Palm Coast red-light camera hearings:”

    Arrested for speaking up about the sham kangaroo court set up to lend Legitimacy to red light scam cam tickets!

    “Bidanec didn’t stop talking at a hearing Wednesday for him and others appealing their $125 red-light camera citations. And he didn’t sit down or step outside when asked to by a Flagler County sheriff’s deputy.

    “Are you going to arrest me?” Bidanec said.

    “I’m not going to arrest you, but I am going to ask you to step outside,” Deputy Sgt. Paul Mercado said.

    But Bidanec turned back toward the crowd. He tried to tell them about the class-action lawsuit against the city of Palm Coast challenging its use of red-light cameras. He wanted to tell them that no points would be assessed against their driver’s licenses. He had a few other things to say.

    “All I want to tell you is this is a kangaroo court,” Bidanec said. ”

    We need more people like Mr. Bidanec

  6. Was just out in LA this past weekend and many folks out there say stay away from Culver City(West LA). Their red light cameras have a $570 fine now. What a way to drive business from your city!!

  7. The profanity isn’t getting past our filter for comments and I’m not inclined to censor/approve the language.

    Just a word to the wise.

  8. Sure says:

    Photo Radar Tickets May Face New Legal Challenges

    Reporter, KPHO.com

    POSTED: 12:05 am MST May 21, 2010
    UPDATED: 12:22 am MST May 21, 2010

    PHOENIX — An anti-photo radar group is planning a legal challenge that could call into question thousands of photo-enforcement tickets issued by Redflex Traffic Systems.

    Redflex runs photo enforcement for the Arizona Department of Pubic Safety and many Valley cities.

    Redflex is being sued by their main competitor, American Traffic Solutions (ATS).

    The lawsuit, filed in U. S. District Court in Phoenix, Arizona, alleges that Redflex falsely advertised uncertified radar units and unfairly won contracts because of it.

    In court Thursday, Redflex executives admitted in prior to August 2008, radar units were not properly certified by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Shawn Dow, of CameraFraud.com, was monitoring developments in federal court.

    “Every ticket Redflex issued between 1997 and 2008 is now in question,” said Dow.

    Dow said facts unveiled as a result of the lawsuit could provide legal grounds to challenge thousands of Redflex photo radar tickets issued before August 2008.

    “Photo radar was used in Paradise Valley, Tempe, Scottsdale, Mesa, Tucson (and in other Arizona cities),” said Dow.

    Dow also photo radar critics also plan to challenge every ticket ever issued by Redflex, nation-wide.

    “We’ll be challenging the contracts,” said Dow.


  9. Sure says:

    Video that goes with the story. May have to watch a commercial first:


  10. Sure says:

    I think the wrong video showed up. Just look in the video section and you will see it.


    • photoradarscam says:

      I’d like to point out that the temporary photo radar sign shown at the beginning of the video does not meet MUTCD standards with regard to mounting height.

  11. Defender2056 says:

    Funny, I don’t consider this hiding. Besides, why is it that a DPS Officer can hide his cruiser and give you fools a ticket, yet you complain when you get one from a van?
    Besides, unlike actual DPS cruiser’s these guys have signs out, and pretty much sit in the same spots on the 101 most of the time. Next you’re gonna want DPS to put signs out for their Cruisers too.
    You want ATS and RedFlex gone? STOP SPEEDING!

    • Who says we speed? Who says we get tickets?

      Redflex and ATS are putting themselves out of business, so I’m not real worried about them sticking around. We’ll finish the job we started. Thanks.

  12. Mark S says:

    One thing I have learned is that the speeders want the photo radar around. As long as you can avoid the server, you don’t have to worry about points on your license, paying a fine, insurance rates going up or possibly getting a citation for something else the LEO might dream up.

    The people that I know that support photo radar have received at least three or more citations from LEOs over a course of a few years. These that support the scam are the biggest hypocrites of all.

    I asked one of them why he supports that scam and his reply is that it is less intrusive and he doesn’t have to sit on the side of the road for a half hour while the cop writes the citation. He just receives the ticket in the mail and it goes straight to the garbage can.

    So for those of you that support this scam, I urge you to take a close look at yourself and guarantee that you DON’T violate ANY laws whatsoever!

    • Sure says:

      DPS promoted speeding with this program by telling people they could go 11 over the limit without getting a ticket. Pretty hypocritical of the bozos.

  13. Defender2056 says:

    Folks who have been paying attention know these guys, like them or not, are the reason why there are fewer accidents on the freeways. Not everyone who thinks this is a good idea, is a speeder and vice versa. I’ve never had a speeding ticket in my life, because I don’t speed.
    My husband got one from Redflex in MY truck. He wrote the check and we paid it. If you’re speeding you’re speeding and you deserve the ticket regardless.
    You guys are the same folks who thing the Moon Landing was a hoax. Get over it. Until we can afford to hire more Officers, these things are here to stay.

  14. Here is a list of cities where photo enforcement has either been banned or postponed:

    * Alaska, Nebraska, New Jersey, Utah, and Wisconsin
    * Albuquerque, New Mexico
    * Bakersfield, California
    * Gulf Breeze, Florida
    * Hawaii
    * Lubbock, Texas
    * Minnesota
    * Michigan
    * North Carolina
    * Ohio
    * Rome, Georgia

    Albuquerque, New Mexico

  15. Sure says:

    I am sure these people agree with you, Defender.

    VIRGINIA BEACH — Red light cameras are designed to catch drivers who keep going instead of stopping.

    Police say the cameras help save lives and get drivers to slow down.

    In Va. Beach, some people were getting notices in the mail even though they made legal right turns on the red. At Independence Blvd. and Bonney Road, many drivers were stopping and waiting before turning; yet, they received a penalty assessment.

    The city confirmed the cameras were wrong, so crews ripped up ground sensors and rewired the cameras.

    “Half of the violations we review as a violation on red get dismissed as safe turn on red,” said Brian Walters with the Va. Beach Police Dept.Officials say the system has been corrected.


    • photoradarscam says:

      Nice… “Rescinding the (camera) program wouldn’t make sense to the taxpayers.”

      Because it’s all about money, right?

    • jgunn says:

      All those who are boycotting AZ are keeping their contracts with the scamera companies. Basically do as I say, but not as I do. They don’t have the balls to give up the $$$ that the scameras rake in. Won’t it be ironic if all the scameras get banned in AZ yet the companies still are based here, scamming all those people from other states.

  16. photoradarscam says:

    Star Valley admits the scameras are all about the money:


    • Mark S says:

      I may pass through there, but I will NEVER, for any reason, stop in Scam Valley and spend ANY money there whatsoever!!

      Same goes for ShOw Low.

  17. Sure says:

    What a bunch of lazy slugs in Star Valley.

  18. Stacey says:

    Another one bites the dust. Real safe looking place to have bright flashes.


  19. That’s funny, I post a note about the profanity not getting past our filters, which includes anti-camera people and then the troll tries to send through several profanity laced messages asking us to come to his house.

    I guess the message hasn’t been clear enough. Not sure how else to put it.

  20. Defender2056 says:

    If I Cop brought me the ticket or handed it to me on the side of the road, I’d still pay it. Why? Because regardless of the method I broke the law.
    Oh and I hear you guys never showed up in Mesa on Friday. Not enough folks to make it worth your time?
    You are the same folks who think we faked the Moon Landing, the Phoenix Lights were a space craft, and that Elvis is still living.
    Again, Rocket Science for Beginners states ” If you don’t want the ticket, don’t break the LAW”.

  21. just thinking says:

    Defender 2056 You just have to keep reminding the almost 1100 people who got red light tickets in Paridise Valley from the shortened yellow in one month. The list goes on and on. You must be a TROLL, no one can be that STUPID to believe “don’t break the law and you won’t get a ticket.” It is just not that simple and even the “Die Hards” are coming around one by one as they get their tickets. Just think, every time that Scamera flashes, It pisses off another Arizona voter. The outcome of the vote in November is really a “NO BRAINER”. Don’t ya think?

  22. Eleanor says:

    It’s hard to come by experienced people for this subject, however, you seem like you know what you’re talking about!


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