Anti-Camera Sentiment Hits Silver Screen


The Problem

Growing frustration over the intrusion of automated ticketing machines is showing up more often in the arena of entertainment.

A big-screen remake of 1930s superhero “The Green Hornet” is set for release in January of 2011, and the producers of the film are using the violent destruction of a “red light camera” as the ending action sequence (video) in a 2 minute 30 second trailer available on YouTube.

The Reaction

The “superheros” find themselves snapped by what appears to be a Hollywood adaption of the infamous “Redflex scamera head.”

Response to the “cash flash” is swift, as a missile is launched from the vehicle which subsequently dispatches the scamera to a fiery, explosive demise.

The Solution

The highly-rated BBC program “Top Gear” recently used a similar, real-life sequence to terminate the existence of a Gatso lookalike.

The tables were turned in the 2008 action-thriller “Eagle Eye,” in which a rogue central computer named “ARIAA” used red light cameras and license plate recognition to locate and scramble missiles against a driver and passenger who were attempting to shut the system down.

Actual removal of the ticketing devices around Arizona is proving to be much less entertaining. Observers report that the Redflex – DPS cameras on the US-60 have started to come down, with cameras in the highway median being removed first.

Redflex’s piezo in-ground sensors will remain in place, becoming the property of Arizona Department of Transportation. They will likely remain unused as ADOT has their own network of sensors to anonymously monitor freeway traffic speeds.

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9 Responses to Anti-Camera Sentiment Hits Silver Screen

  1. reason says:

    did I detect CF burying the lead with this story?

    “Redflex’s piezo in-ground sensors will remain in place, becoming the property of Arizona Department of Transportation. They will likely remain unused as ADOT has their own network of sensors to anonymously monitor freeway traffic speeds.”

    I thought EVERYTHING was supposed to be removed and restored to pre-camera condition? Isn’t that what ADOT said or are they flip-flopping again?

    With the framework left in place it makes it that much easier to bring the cameras back…

  2. 4409 says:

    The sensors MUST be removed…that is a core component of the cameras. Why does ADOT keep lying and lying?

  3. LoneWolf says:

    Someone should check and see what’s left after removing the scameras. With sensors still being in place, I could imagine the camera base along with cable junction boxes will still be left intact, therefore making it quite simple to bring the scam back in full force. I bet they’d go back up a hell of a lot quicker than they’ve come down.

  4. Sure says:

    The ADOT spokesman said they wouldn’t remove the sensors because they would have to tear up the roads which would cost money, time, and they would have to close the freeways.

    • The Keeper of the Seven Keys says:

      …but they could burn them (eg. using electric welding generator) beyond repairability to skip that costly physical extraction of loops. I smell the rat.

      • Dr Jett says:

        Forward that info to DPS and see if they will reply.
        If it looks like a rat, smells like a rat, it probably is a rat.
        Just remember: If you don’t speed then you have nothing to worry about, EXCEPT BIG BROTHER HATCHING UP ANOTHER SCHEME TO KEEP THEIR PAYCHECKS ROLLING IN AT OUR EXPENSE!

  5. Will Kay says:

    What about the data cables that run from the scameras into to the phone companies equipment?

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