Clean Elections Ensures Photo Radar Enriches Those Exempt From It

If this one doesn’t make you sick to think about, you may need your pulse checked. We’ve pointed out in the past who profits from Photo Radar ticket money. Here’s the dirty little list, in no particular order:

1. The Camera Company Executives, Employees and Lobbyists

2. Politicians

3. Municipalities

4. The Court System

Why is this so hypocritical? Let’s take them one by one.

Scamera Companies –  Redflex, ATS, Gatso, etc obviously stand to profit the most from ticket money, because they show up with their lobbyists in each targeted location and negotiate deals that will make them the most money. They are a business and just like any other, are out for a profit. Municipalities get the short end of the stick because the politicians who are on the other end of the negotiations care less about making a profit. They know that the taxpayer will generally bail them out, which allows them to make deals that favor their friends and supporters financially.

Politicians – In Arizona, we have something called the “Clean Elections Fund,” which was just upheld as legal by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on May 21st, 2010. Clean Elections insures matching PUBLIC funds for to those running for office, which includes incumbents. Not-so-coincidentally, the largest contribution to this pot is…. Photo Radar Ticket Money. When the deal between the state of Arizona and Redflex for the freeway photo ticketing scam was carved out, $16.50 from each ticket paid was designated for that fund.

Municipalities – As stated earlier, the city/town (or state) typically gets the short end of the stick with the money. They fail to negotiate the best deal and often get stuck with early termination penalties when they want out of the contract, or their citizens fight back with a referendum. Somebody ends up making out like a bandit who is in on the deal because the money has to go somewhere, but it’s often whomever makes best use of the “General Fund” or other vague sounding pots of money.

The Court System – Arizona Court systems usually have two choices with the onslaught of civil traffic tickets that flood in from photo ticketing. They can either work more hours to make sure each case is given its due process, or set up a “Kangaroo Court” type operation where very little time is spent on each case and more fees are charged for previously cost-free liberties like being process served and being allowed to stand in front of a Judge and defend oneself.

To tie this all together, what do all four of these entities who stand to profit off of Photo Radar scam tickets have in common? Their members are completely exempt from the system itself, either through negotiated deals, or immunities granted by the Camera Companies in order to remain in good standing with those who control the fate of their operations.

What a carefully crafted scam! Bravo!


(Clean Elections will have to find a new funding source come November)


11 Responses to Clean Elections Ensures Photo Radar Enriches Those Exempt From It

  1. photoradarscam says:

    It’s also important to note that state legislators are exempt from photo tickets (and all other civil actions) due to a clause in the Arizona Constitution, while they are in session.

  2. photoradarscam says:

    Freakin hilarious:

  3. “It’s more about the money than it is traffic safety,” said Kevin Bakewell, a vice president with AAA in Tampa who unsuccessfully urged Gov. Charlie Crist to veto the state law.

  4. helldigger says:

    Rear-end collisions jump at red-light camera intersections in West Palm Beach.

    “WEST PALM BEACH — Rear-end collisions more than doubled and accidents increased overall in the first 70 days of red-light cameras in West Palm Beach compared to the same period of 2009, traffic records reviewed by The Palm Beach Post show.”

  5. Or of course, drivers could just wear one of these masks…

    • Matt says:

      The “law” in Florida and by “law”, I mean God help me for saying that, only stipulates that the rear of a vehicle is allowed to be photographed. And, of course, Governor Flip Floppy signed it. JACKASS. He sure as hell LOST my vote. And as for the PBP article, I’m SHOCKED! You mean these SCAMeras CAUSE accidents and not reduce them?!?!? THE HELL YOU SAY!

  6. Dr Jett says:

    The Citizens of the USA should take all 4 categories who are raking in the graft and ship them all to Australia and put them into a prison camp as a lesson to others who would attack the us while pretending to enforce our laws. Or, better yet, force them to pay back all of the money they stole and spend the rest of their lives working for free to make up for their illegal activities against our country.

  7. Henry says:

    Of the people exempted from the tickets, elected politicians are probably just the tip of the iceberg. Consider California: An article (headline: “Special License Plates Shield Officials from Traffic Tickets”) pointed out that “in California there are nearly one million private vehicles having ‘confidential’ license plate numbers that are protected from easy or efficient look up, thus are effectively invisible to agencies attempting to process parking, toll, and red light camera violations.” (OC Register, California, 4-4-08.) In 2009 the Register revisited the subject and reported that the legislature was extending the “confidential” treatment to even more people! Such “protected plate” lists exist in most states, including Arizona, and many are bloated, like California’s. (In California the list includes politicians – even local ones – judges, bureaucrats, retired cops, and many other govt. employees. And their families! Plus such oddities as veterinarians and museum guards.) CameraFraud should investigate to see how many, and who, are on the list in Arizona. My guess is, about 150,000, since Arizona has one sixth the population of California.

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