Freeways Fine after DPS Scameras Shut Off


The freeway camera system was shutoff in July, and Redflex official spokeswoman Shoba Vaitheeswaran was quoted saying, “This should be a wake-up call to everyone in the community to be even more careful and watch for a large increase in aggressive, dangerous driving,” implying that the Arizona freeways would never be safe again without cameras snapping photos of drivers. Shoba was undoubtedly hoping that drivers had forgotten that the freeways were just fine before the states’ failed money-making scam began.

Now two months after the camera shutoff, KTAR is reporting that there has been NO CHANGE in driving habits according to the director of the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, Alberto Gutier. “I haven’t seen any changes in behavior, I don’t see people sort of flying down the highways, although I’m sure it exists some places.”

News/Talk 92.3 KTAR’s traffic reporter, “Detour Dan” Beach, believes drivers are taking advantage of the speed cameras disappearance. But even so, it does not appear to have made the roads any more dangerous, as Beach says that he has not seen an increase in crashes.

21 Responses to Freeways Fine after DPS Scameras Shut Off

  1. I am surprised all hell hasn’t broken loose. Arizona is very dangerous and only constant surveillance like they now have in NYC can keep us safe.

  2. Alucard says:

    We need ED-209’s or Robocops strategically placed throughout the city….to surveill and enslave.

  3. Judge in Show Low denies that money goes to a Austrailian based firm..She says the money goes to Phoenix..? Police representative in court says..We aren’t making money on these cameras..”It’s a wash”..The representatives of the police dept are only giving explanations of how the cameras work five minutes before you see the judge..then when given plausible explanations with evidence showing on the film…they discourage ‘fighting it’ stating it will cost more money to state your case…in the ‘long run’..It is a ‘kangaroo court and the judge and police representatives are working for the rights of the camera company to place a tax on the people of Arizona…especially given…that out of state drivers can ‘speed away’..without fear of reprisal…

  4. James Howard says:

    I have noticed a significant increase in DPS presence on the highways since the cameras were shut off. Makes me wonder how many officers were inside watching video all the time. Saw one on I-10 in Tucson yesterday who had pulled over a pickup truck with an extremely precarious load. It was obviously an accident waiting to happen. A camera can’t do that. I definitely feel safer now, and I still drive the speed limit.

  5. Stacey says:

    Halliday is the only chance DPS has to regain any respectability, although, I don’t think that will help much.

    • photoradarscam says:

      You don’t think someone was looking at their speedometer instead of paying attention to surrounding traffic and going with the flow, do you? It might be worth FOIA’ing this accident report.

  6. Stacey says:

    I saw someone today slam their brakes at the cameras today. It was tupid of ADOT and DPS to remove the signs.

  7. photoradarscam says:

    Accidents up in Winnipeg at Red Light Scamera intersections: http://www.winnipegsun.com/news/columnists/tom_brodbeck/2010/09/22/15445456.html

    • photoradarscam says:

      The mayor defends the numbers, but doesn’t realize his defense argues AGAINST the cameras:
      http://www.winnipegsun.com/news/winnipegvotes2010/2010/09/23/15455611.html

      His argument is that the insurance companies include accidents that might occur a little down the street from the intersections with cameras. Even if this is the case, then the conclusion can still be drawn that installing cameras at the intersections caused accidents to increase in the immediate area.

      It’s incredible that these elected officials will NEVER acknowledge a report that doesn’t agree with their position.

  8. photoradarscam says:

    Cameras completely inneffective against “serial speeder.” All charges dropped:
    http://www.azfamily.com/news/local/All-charges-agains-so-called-serial-speeder-dropped-103593154.html

    • guttersn1pe says:

      Good for him. Another quality news article from our local “news” organizations. Would be nice to know why they dropped the charges.

      • photoradarscam says:

        I just caught it on the news again. There was a quick comment about lack of evidence from the state, or something like that. So I’m sure they tried to do discovery and the state just didn’t want to comply or establish precedent for future cases.

  9. Stacey says:

    What a scumbag.

  10. photoradarscam says:

    One more reason why even the most obedient drivers should oppose speed cameras: http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/local/Brentwood-installs-cameras-after-speed-limits-lowered-898716-103672039.html

    This is just sickening.

  11. photoradarscam says:

    Here we are, lots of details about the “serial speeder” case being dismissed:
    http://ktar.com/category/local-news-articles/20100923/Charges-dropped-against-photo-radar-extreme-speeder

    Kielsky rocks!

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