Paradise Valley Town Council: A Simple Solution

Paradise Valley Town Council is holding their normally scheduled meeting on Thursday Afternoon, starting at 3 pm. If you’re wondering, the address is 6401 E Lincoln Dr, Paradise Valley, Az 85253. CameraFRAUD volunteers will be there to collect signatures for the initiative to ban photo ticketing in Paradise Valley.

Oh and what a coincidence, it seems that very initiative is on the the slate for the meeting:


We have a very simple solution to this issue: Let’s do the right thing and take the cameras down in Paradise Valley. That would save the most time, money and is the safest option. However, if it needs to go to the voters, we’ve already seen how popular our initiative is at the polling places. 1,500+ signatures isn’t that far away!


19 Responses to Paradise Valley Town Council: A Simple Solution

  1. Stacey says:

    Redflex detector loop plan and installation:

    • reason says:

      #12 on that PDF makes it CLEAR that the scam peddlers have been LYING and do have access to traffic control boxes, and not just to the “hot” wire leading out of the boxes and going to the red lamps.

  2. Paradise Valley is a dangerous place, right?

  3. Brewer forgot to let citizens vote on photo radar and suddenly realizes it.

    • B says:

      The “she realized she forgot to get photo radar on the ballot” caption is classic…

      I’m voting for Brewer because she tossed the speed camera system (amongst other things – signing SB1070 in the face of strong opposition from various corners, her fair and balanced proposal for the state budget (against the will of the GOP leaders who have since shut up and against the Dems who offered no real solution either), etc.)… yet I still have to admit that she sounds absolutely terrible in this clip. She was CLEARLY a nervous wreck and she blanked… She did not do well at all (I didn’t even watch the debate and this was a little eye opening).

      With all that said, I don’t get the strong animosity here of anti-camera people towards your one and only advocate that has any real power (Brewer). You all do realize that if Terry Goddard is elected, the cameras will be back up and running by the end of 2011, in higher numbers and with more capabilities than ever, right?

      Some have said in the past that they’d vote for Goddard and also vote for the photo radar ban initiative, but now that the initiative failed, you anti-Brewer, pro-CF voters have a terrible choice: Brewer and your concerns with her, or widely expanded photo enforcement (not to mention other issues, like lax illegal immigration enforcement, etc.)

      What are you all going to do? It should be clear, IMO, but everyone has a right to vote the way they want…

  4. Stacey says:

    South Carolina Senate Transportation Committee says he suspects the town of Ridgeland’s new speed camera system on Interstate 95 is illegal.

  5. Stacey says:

    Keep your eyes on the road!

    • photoradarscam says:

      If only there was an automated ticketing machine to detect that car making an unsafe lane change this accident probably wouldn’t have happened.

  6. Overheard at PV town council meeting: We should start sending out “twits” about photo radar.

    I thought the twits had already installed the cameras, no?

  7. Stacey says:

    Freeway Photo Enforcement Equipment Removal Begins Next Week

    PHOENIX – Following the holiday weekend, crews working for Redflex Traffic Systems will begin removing equipment used for the former freeway photo enforcement program. The program ended July 15 and the cameras have been inactive since.

  8. Sure says:

    Camera removal at night – Ch 5

    To minimize impacts on drivers, work is scheduled only on weekdays during overnight hours. All the cameras should be taken down by November.

  9. Stacey says:

    Poor Brewer.

  10. New focus in speed-camera fight

    Diana Balazs – Sept. 5, 2010 12:00 AM
    The Arizona Republic

    A citizens group behind a failed statewide initiative drive to ban photo enforcement is now focusing its efforts on the 14 Arizona cities and towns that use the traffic cameras.

    Arizona Citizens Against Photo Radar hopes to gather enough petition signatures over the next six months to force public votes in each of those communities.

    “We just want the voters to decide,” said Shawn Dow, the group’s chairman.

    The group, which uses volunteers, could not collect enough signatures for a statewide vote. Dow said it should be easier to collect signatures in individual communities.

    Paradise Valley, the birthplace of photo enforcement in the state and nation, has become the first municipality targeted.

    Volunteers began collecting signatures on primary election day outside polling sites. They must gather 1,474 valid signatures to generate an election. Dow said that should not be a problem considering more than 4,500 town residents signed the statewide initiative petitions.

    Petition gatherers will hit Scottsdale, Tempe, Mesa and Chandler in the coming weeks, followed by the West Valley communities of El Mirage, Surprise and Peoria in October, Dow said.

    It will target gathering spots such as post offices and public events.

    “Phoenix will be one of the last ones that we do, the reason being is that we’re going to wait until the State Fair,” Dow said. The fair runs Oct. 15-Nov. 7 in Phoenix.

    The group started with Paradise Valley because it was the first community to use the cameras, Dow said. The town launched its program in October 1987.

    Dow, 40, said he has never received a photo-enforcement ticket but believes the cameras violate the constitutional right to due process.

    The Fountain Hills resident said those who receive a photo-enforcement ticket do not have the same protection in court as someone who receives a ticket directly from a police officer.

    “What it (the petition) says is we want cops, not cameras,” Dow said.

    He also said the program is designed to generate revenue.

    “It doesn’t have anything to do with safety. It’s just about money,” Dow said.

    The Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry supports photo enforcement.

    Chamber spokesman Garrick Taylor said Arizona Citizens Against Photo Radar’s failure at the statewide level indicates it did not have the public support it claimed.

    Taylor said the chamber rejects the notion that photo enforcement is a sign of big-government creep.

    “In our mind, it doesn’t hold water. This is a very specific use of technology for enforcing traffic laws,” he said.

    The Paradise Valley Town Council discussed the petition drive behind closed doors Thursday. Town Mayor Scott LeMarr said in an interview that a majority of its residents support photo enforcement.

    LeMarr said he and his family have had their share of traffic-camera tickets. It has taught him to slow down, he added.

    “I think photo radar makes our town a safer place to be. I don’t take kindly to someone in Fountain Hills wanting to meddle in our community’s affairs,” LeMarr added.

    Dow said the perception that residents support traffic cameras is simply “marketing spin by the photo-radar companies.

    “If you ask any of the residents in Paradise Valley, they would tell you they hate photo radar,” Dow said.

    In the fiscal year that ended June 30, slightly more than 18,000 photo-enforcement citations were issued in Paradise Valley, compared with 21,262 in 2008-09 and 22,113 in 2007-08.

    Paradise Valley Police Chief John Bennett said reduced speeds have translated into fewer traffic accidents. There were 163 in 2009-10. That’s compared with 172 in 2008-09 and 227 in 2007-08.

    Paradise Valley has three mobile vans and fixed cameras at three intersections – Lincoln Drive and Tatum Boulevard and Tatum Boulevard at both McDonald Drive and Mockingbird Lane.

    Freeway speed cameras to be torn down

    Crews will begin removing speed-enforcement cameras from Valley freeways this week.

    The cameras went dark in mid July, months after the Arizona Department of Public Safety decided to not renew its contract with camera operator Redflex Traffic Systems.

    The cameras snapped more than 2 million times since the program began in September 2008. About 30 percent of those citations were paid, generating about $63.5 million that went into a fund controlled by the Arizona Legislature.

    Former Gov. Janet Napolitano, who shepherded the program before resigning to join the Obama administration last year, famously estimated the cameras would generate $90 million in their first year.

    Three units will be torn down on westbound U.S. 60 between Gilbert and Alma School roads beginning Tuesday. The last cameras are expected to be dismantled by mid November.

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  11. Daniel Pritchard says:

    Don’t re-elect sCamera Judges, JP’s, Legislators, Council Members, Anonymous Hearing Officers, or those misguided idiots who try to pass themselves off as “witnesses for the plaintiff.” They’ve got one foot in the door; lint brushes to follow.

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